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Case Reports in Dermatological Medicine
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 381583, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/381583
Case Report

Simultaneous Larva Migrans and Larva Currens Caused by Strongyloides stercoralis: A Case Report

Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil

Received 21 November 2012; Accepted 14 January 2013

Academic Editors: S. Inui and S. Kawara

Copyright © 2013 Liliam Dalla Corte et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Strongyloidiasis is an infectious disease caused by the Strongyloides stercoralis larvae, which penetrate the skin, go through the lymphatic circulation, and migrate to the lungs before reaching the intestines. They mature and may cause cutaneous strongyloidiasis, known as larva currens because of the quick migratory rate of the larva. The authors describe a case in which the larvae did not follow their natural lymph route, and after penetrating into the intertriginous area, they migrated to the dermis, developing larva migrans in the early phase, and later associated with the typical lesions of larva currens. The diagnosis was confirmed by the presence of larva in the skin biopsy.