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American Journal of Dermatopathology:
Extraordinary Case Reports

Cutaneous Sparganosis

Griffin, Monica P. LT. M.C., U.S.N.R.; Tompkins, Ken J. M.D.; Ryan, Michael T. U.S.A.F., M.C., MAJ.

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Abstract

Sparganosis is an infection caused by migrating larvae of the cestode genus Spirometra. There have been ∼62 cases of sparganosis reported in the United States. Although a subcutaneous mass is the most common manifestation, sparganosis is not well-described in the dermatology literature. We present a case of cutaneous sparganosis in a 52-year-old Filipino American woman. Histologically, the sections showed a granulomatous panniculitis and dermatitis containing a section of a sparganum. A transverse section of an intact sparganum reveals an eosinophilic cuticle, loose stroma, calcareous bodies, and smooth muscle fibers.

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