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larva currens

Pronunciation: lar'va kur'enz

Definition: Cutaneous larva migrans caused by rapidly moving larvae of Strongyloides stercoralis (up to 10 cm per hour), typically extending from the anal area down the upper thighs and observed as a rapidly progressing linear urticarial trail; may also be caused by zoonotic species of Strongyloides.

[L. larva, mask + currens, racing]

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