Migrating bump on woman's face turned out to be a worm

A Lump Moving Across a Woman's Face Was a Parasitic Worm Crawling Under Her Skin

The disturbing discovery is made worse by the fact that the woman monitored the lump as it moved to different spots on her face.

Vladimir Kartashev, a professor of medicine at Rostov State Medical University who treated the woman in the case study, noted that almost 1,300 cases of the parasite were reported in Russian Federation and Belaru, Women's Health said. Five days later, the lump had moved to above her left eye.

This parasite fails to reach maturity in human hosts, but still are able to crawl around, triggering an uncomfortable sensation under their skin.

Doctors ultimately gripped the bulge with forceps and, using local anesthesia, pulled out a parasitic worm known as Dirofilaria repens.

The woman documented the different lumps she had been witnessing by taking selfies in order to keep a track of the roving blemishes. Five days later, the lump had grown but migrated above her eye.

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, she told doctors the nodules appeared after she visited a rural area outside Moscow, where she was bitten repeatedly by mosquitoes.

In humans the worms cause a lump under the skin that occasionally move around.

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The patient reportedly told physicians she'd traveled outside Moscow to rural Russian Federation, where she'd been the victim of a lot of mosquito bites. Generally, the worms infect dogs, cats, foxes, wild mammals and other carnivores.

"A physical examination showed a superficial moving oblong nodule at the left upper eyelid", reads the case report. In humnans, D. repens usually manifests as either a wandering worm in the subcutaneous tissue or a granulomatous nodule, although there are reports of pulmonary dirofilariasis with this species. In people, it usually causes lumps under the skin, like this woman in Russian Federation reported.

The parasite, which was removed surgically, was a Dirofilaria repens.

This specific parasite is not found in the United States, but can be found in Europe. She didn't pay attention to it, at first, but she started posting pictures of the bump of her social media channel just in case.

Infections have been reported from various regions of the world, mainly from Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Doctors determined that the wandering wart was actually a marauding parasite, likely transmitted by a mosquito bite on her trip.

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