025. Pulmonary dirofilariasis: case report
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025. Pulmonary dirofilariasis: case report

Aggeliki Baliaka, Styliani Papaemmanouil, Angeliki Cheva, Nikoleta Pastelli, Leonidas Sakkas

Department of Pathology, General Hospital “G. Papanikolaou”, Thessaloniki, Greece


Background: Dirofilariasis is a zoonosis transmitted by mosquitoes from animals to human beings. The most common symptoms include cough, chest pain, fever, eosinophilia and hemoptysis. Some patients may be asymptomatic.

Objective: The report of an interesting case of this rare disease.

Case presentation: A 45-year-old female presented to our hospital with cough, dyspnea and fever. The radiological evaluation revealed a coin lesion, measuring 1.3 cm at the right upper lobe. The patient underwent partial lobectomy due to a suspected neoplasm. Frozen section excluded the presence of neoplastic cells. The histological examination showed a necrotic nodule, well demarcated from surrounding lung parenchyma by fibrous connective tissue, histiocytes and multinucleated giant cells. Worms of Dirofilaria were embedded in the center of necrotic nodule.

Conclusions: Five species of Dirofilaria are known to cause infections in humans (D. immitis: lung parenchyma infection, D. tenuis or D. conjunctivae: subcutaneous nodules in face, conjunctiva of the eye, chest wall, abdominal wall as well as D. repens, D. ursi and D. subdermata). Human pulmonary dirofilariasis is a rare entity, however it should be included in the differential diagnosis in patients with small, solitary pulmonary necrotic nodules.

Keywords: Bronchoscopy; spirometry; dirofilariasis


doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2072-1439.2015.AB025


Cite this abstract as: Baliaka A, Papaemmanouil S, Cheva A, Pastelli N, Sakkas L. Pulmonary dirofilariasis: case report. J Thorac Dis 2015;7(S1):AB025. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2072-1439.2015.AB025

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