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cutaneous larva migrans

 

Definition: a migratory serpiginous or netlike tunneling in the skin, with marked pruritus, caused by wandering hookworm larvae not adapted to intestinal maturation in humans; especially common in the eastern and southeastern coastal U.S. and other tropical and subtropical coastal areas; various strains of hookworms of dogs and cats have been implicated, chiefly Ancylostoma braziliense of dog and cat feces from beaches and sandboxes in the U.S., but also Ancylostoma caninum of dogs, Uncinaria stenocephala, the European dog hookworm, and Bunostomum phlebotomum, the cattle hookworm; Strongyloides species of animal origin may also contribute to human cutaneous larva migrans.

Synonym(s): ancylostoma dermatitis, creeping eruption, cutaneous ancylostomiasis, ground itch, water itch1

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