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May 1998


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Arch Dermatol. 1998;134(5):553. doi:10.1001/archderm.134.5.553


MAY, 1898.

NO. 5.

A Curious Case of Parasitism in Man: Distoma Subcutaneum.

HENRI MALHERBE (Nantes). (Le Progrés Medic., No. 4, 1898.)

The author's case is the fifth case known in literature. It happened in a girl of twenty-three who came to consult Dr. Gaibert for a tumor on the middle region of the left scapula. The tumor was of a red color, resistant, not removable by pressure. She stated that several months ago she had an analogous tumor on the right side which disappeared of itself. Fever and general malaise accompanied the tumor. The physician was inclined to regard the tumor as a tubercular affection, but when fifteen days later he saw the tumor changed its place, appearing fifteen centimeters lower than at the first time, he opened it, and a serous fluid tainted with blood was discharged. A small animal measuring four to five millimeters, of yellowish color, could be seen on the blade of the knife. The animal proved to be a distoma hepaticum.

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