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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 46-48

Human pentastomiasis


1 Department of Medicine, Tamale Teaching Hospital, P. O. Box 16; University for Development Studies School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Tamale, Ghana
2 Department of Medicine, Tamale Teaching Hospital, P. O. Box 16, Tamale; Internal Medicine Resident, Korle bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana
3 University for Development Studies School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Department of Radiology, Tamale Teaching Hospital, P. O. Box 16, Tamale, Ghana

Correspondence Address:
Abdul Subulr Yakubu
Department of Medicine, Tamale Teaching Hospital, P. O Box 16, Tamale, Northern Region
Ghana
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DOI: 10.4103/1115-3474.162163

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Pentastomiasis is a parasitic zoonotic disease caused by the larval stages of pentastomes, most often Armillifer armillatus. Human infections are rarely symptomatic, and diagnosis is usually made incidentally. We report here, the case of a 60-year-old man who was diagnosed with human pentastomiasis while being worked-up and treated for multiple myeloma. The diagnosis was made radiologically based on the characteristic multiple crescentic/C-shaped opacities seen on the abdominal and chest X-rays in keeping with Armillifer species infection. He also had the compatible history of exposure to and consumption of snake meat. This is the first documented case of human pentastomiasis at our facility and to the best of our knowledge the first to be associated with snake-eating in Ghana.


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