Dermatología Argentina, Vol 16, No 2010 (2010)

Tamaño de la letra:  Pequeña  Mediana  Grande

Unusual tungiasis: bullous lesions

Viviana Leiro, Verónica Novac, Liliana Olivares, Esteban Maronna


Tungiasis is a cutaneous ectoparasitosis caused by the gravid female sand flea Tunga penetrans,
whose higher prevalence occurs in Sub-Saharan Africa, South America and the Caribbean. We report two males who presented bullous lesions suggestive of tungiasis on their return from Ferrugem (Brazil) and Misiones (Argentina). The diagnosis of tungiasis was confirmed in both cases.
The history, epidemiology and biology are reviewed. Some hypothesis about the pathogenesis of bullous tungiasis are suggested

(Dermatol Argent 2010;16(5):344-348).

Keywords: tungiasis, Tunga penetrans, bullous tungiasis

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