Moving lump on woman's face turns out to be worm

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

The Russian woman had the worm removed and made a full recovery, the report said.

The 32-year-old woman from Russian Federation declared in a social media post that everything started shortly after she returned from a trip to rural Moscow. Per LiveScience, the woman first photographed the lump below her eye near the nose before it moved to her eyelid and then to her lip, where the infestation caused some serious swelling.

Once in their new host, he said, the larvae mature into adult worms. A short trip to the doctor made her realize that the thing was actually a parasite moving back and forth under her skin.

The woman documented the different lumps she had been witnessing by taking selfies in order to keep a track of the roving blemishes. Her unusual lump became a case study in The New England Journal of Medicine by two leading professors from Russian Federation and Spain-Migrating Dirofilaria repens.

A series of photos showing the worm migrating around the woman's face, and after it was removed. This organism usually finds it hard for breeding when human beings become the host through mosquito bites. These thread-like worms naturally infect dogs, cats, foxes and other wild mammals, and typically live in the tissue under the skin, according to a 2011 report of a similar case.




Soon after the lump's latest migration, the 32-year-old woman went to an eye doctor, who also observed a "superficial moving oblong nodule at the left upper eyelid" - in other words, a lump - according to a new report of the case, published today (June 20) in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Because the worms typically remain infertile in humans, the cure is usually to remove the parasite through a small incision. It's transmitted via mosquitoes, which is how it gets into humans, but human infection is accidental. The woman, who's name was left out of the report, began to show symptoms just after she traveled through a rural area located near Moscow.

This specific parasite is not found in the USA, but can be found in Europe.

The worms, generally found in certain parts of Europe, Africa and Asia, are known to be as long as 170 millimeters and can thrive for 10 years, as per the CDC.

The bad news is that the number of human cases is increasing - and spreading.

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