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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.

The American Journal of Dermatopathology: February 1996 - Volume 18 - Issue 1 - p 70-72
Extraordinary Case Reports

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.

From the Department of Laboratory Medicine (M.P.G., M.T.R.), Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, and Fort Monroe Health Clinic, Fort Monroe, Virginia, U.S.A.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Major Michael T. Ryan, Head, Dermatopathology, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA 23708, U.S.A.

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