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:

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About Farrah

A frugal, selectively antisocial Family Medicine resident physician with too many interests. Loves...God, family, friends, volunteering and helping others, making others happy, music (especially piano and singing), Tahitian/hula/salsa/pole dancing, aerial silks, learning, writing, cooking, eating, sleeping, lifting weights, playing SNES and DS, photography, editing, window-shopping, gymnastics, kickboxing, BJJ, finding great deals, pyrography, horseback riding, archery, frolicking in the great outdoors...making every moment count.

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