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August 1958

Larva Currens: A Distinctive Variant of Cutaneous Larva Migrans Due to Strongyloides Stercoralis

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Derm. 1958;78(2):186-190. doi:10.1001/archderm.1958.01560080044007

Although our experience with larva migrans is limited by virtue of our geographic position, we recently studied an example with such distinctive features as to merit the special attention of all dermatologists. Indeed, we have ventured to emphasize the clinical distinctiveness of this type of larva migrans by giving it a separate name, larva currens. We feel it merits special categorization since it can be diagnosed purely by its clinical picture, a picture which has led us to name it ``racing larva," i. e., larva currens. It is a form known to the parasitologist and tropical physician1 but one apparently unknown to the dermatologist. We hope that this article will provide an appropriate cross fertilization of knowledge.

Report of a Case

The patient, a white 46-year-old housewife, developed a pruritic erythematous urticarial lesion of the medial aspect of the left midthigh on April 15,

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