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Archivos argentinos de pediatría

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HOON, Kim Sung et al. Tungiasis: a case report. Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2011, vol.109, n.4, pp.e82-e84. ISSN 0325-0075.

Tungiasis, is a cutaneous parasitosis, native of America caused by Tunga penetrans. Infestations usually presents with black papular lesions, either single or multiple, most of them localized on the feet, mainly in the subungual and periungual areas. Diagnosis of tungiasis is based on the characteristic aspect of the lesions in a patient coming from an endemic area. Surgical removal of the fea and application of a topical antibiotic is the standard treatment. We describe a case of a 10-years-old girl, with multiple lesions localized on feet, who was succesfully treated with ivermectin and surgical removal of lesions.

Keywords : Tungiasis; Tunga penetrans; Children.

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