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October 1972

Filariasis Caused by Acanthocheilonema perstans

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen.

Arch Dermatol. 1972;106(4):547-548. doi:10.1001/archderm.1972.01620130075018

Cutaneous manifestations caused by the filarial worm Acanthocheilonema perstans are infrequently reported, and general agreement has not yet been reached regarding the pathogenetic role of A perstans. The case of a patient who suffered from cutaneous swellings, itching, fever, and malaise apparently caused by A perstans. Based on a review of the literature, the pathogenetic significance of A perstans has been assessed. It is concluded that although A perstans may give rise to mild symptoms, including cutaneous and subcutaneous swellings, itching, and urticaria, similar to those recorded here, it rarely causes severe disorders.