Lump That Moved Across Woman’s Face Leads to Stomach-Churning Find

The mysterious

A woman in Russian Federation found a small lump on her face, and what it turned out to be will leave all hypochondriacs shaking. "Five days later, it had moved to above her left eye, and 10 days after that to the upper lip", Dr. Vladimir Kartashev of Rostov State Medical University in Russian Federation wrote in a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine.

A further 10 days later, it had moved again, this time puffing up the left side of her upper lip. Humans may become "accidental hosts", the agency says.

The life cycle: During a blood meal, an infected mosquito introduces larvae of Dirofilaria repens onto the skin of the canine definitive host (but also occasionally humans, especially in Europe), where they penetrate into the bite wound 1.

She documented the lumps' movement in a series of selfies.

A case study featuring a lot of disturbing images about the woman and the worm in her face was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in a report titled "MigratingDirofilaria repens".

A physical exam found a lump that had moved from his arm to the back of his hand, which turned out to be - you guessed it - a massive worm crawling around under his skin.

Luckily, D. repens (a.k.a., the type of worm most likely to infect humans) is not-I repeat: IS NOT-found in the US, though it is the leading cause of dirofilariasis in Europe. Five days later, another bump appeared above her left eye. She finally visited a physician who reported a "superficial moving oblong nodule at the left upper eyelid".

The worm was identified as, a parasitic infection that usually affects dogs and cats, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The woman made a full recovery after the parasite was removed.

Other than Europe, this parasite is also found in the Mediterranean region and sub-Saharan Africa.

It is unclear where the woman picked up the worm, but she did report having been in a town outside of Moscow, where she was frequently bitten by mosquitoes.

But according to the report in Parasites & Vectors, if continues to spread, it's possible that it could be introduced in the U.S. by infected dogs who come into the country. Now we've had a very unwelcome reminder face creepy-crawlies are indeed possible, thanks to the case of a woman in Russian Federation.

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