February 2010

Cutaneous Larva Migrans Complicated by Löffler Syndrome

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Dermatology, Changi General Hospital, Singapore.


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Arch Dermatol. 2010;146(2):210-212. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2009.392

Cutaneous larva migrans is a common travel-associated skin disease of tropical and subtropical countries, whereas Löffler syndrome is characterized by migratory pulmonary infiltrates and peripheral eosinophilia. The present case report illustrates the rare pulmonary complication in a patient with typical cutaneous larva migrans.

After he visited a beach resort in Bali, Indonesia, a 47-year-old man presented with erythematous, serpiginous burrows typical of cutaneous larva migrans on both feet and his right thigh and buttock (Figure 1 and Figure 2). He took mebendazole for 3 days and experienced 70% resolution of the skin lesions.

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