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Acanthocheilonemiasis

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Synonyms of Acanthocheilonemiasis

  • Acanthocheilonemiasis perstans
  • Dipetalonema perstans
  • Dipetalonemiasis
  • Mansonella perstans

Disorder Subdivisions

  • No subdivisions found.

General Discussion

Acanthocheilonemiasis is a rare tropical infectious disease caused by a parasite known as Acanthocheilonema perstans, which belongs to a group of parasitic diseases known as filarial diseases (nematode). This parasite is found, for the most part, in Africa. Symptoms of infection may include red, itchy skin (pruritis), abdominal and chest pain, muscular pain (myalgia), and areas of localized swelling (edema). In addition, the liver and spleen may become abnormally enlarged (hepatosplenomegaly). Laboratory testing may also reveal abnormally elevated levels of certain specialized white blood cells (eosinophilia). The parasite is transmitted through the bite of small flies (A. coliroides).

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