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Pronunciation: par'a-ra'ma

Definition: Painful or crippling disease of the fingers, first described in Brazilian natural latex gatherers, produced by accidental contact with setae of the larva of the moth, Premolis semirufa; immediate pruritus, hyperemia, and local edema may be followed by chronic swelling and immobility that may lead to loss of one or more fingers, presenting a clinical picture corresponding to ankylosis.

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