Daily Archives: December 18, 2013

Dracunculus medinensis


  • Limited to sub-Saharan Africa
  • Ingestion of water w/ larvae
  • Matures in abd/retroperitoneal space (1 year later, worm [up to 1 m long] exits body in lower extremity)
  • Causes ulceration/erythema at exit site
  • Treatment: remove worm by wrapping it around a stick + extracting a few cm per day (speed extraction w/ metronidazole/thiabendazole)
  • Classic symbol of medicine (Rod of Asclepius) is said to have come from this treatment

Interesting. D: