Cutaneous larva migrans.
Author(s): Simon MW, Simon NP
Affiliation(s): Department of Pediatrics, University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA.
Publication date & source: 2003-10, Pediatr Emerg Care., 19(5):350-2.
Publication type: Case Reports; Review
Cutaneous larva migrans is occasionally seen in pediatric emergency outpatient care settings. It results from infestation of hookworm larvae into the epidermis. The infestation is self-limited but may produce severe discomfort. The diagnosis relies entirely on clinical findings. Laboratory findings only support the clinical diagnosis but do not confirm it. Treatment is typically with topical thiabendazole, but oral thiabendazole may be indicated in severe cases.