Spontaneous emergence of a gnathostoma spinigerum adult worm from the abdominal skin of a laotian woman: A case report
Phetsouvanh R., Habe S., Newton P., Vongsouvaht M., Horii Y., Doanh PN., Nawa Y.
Gnathostomiasis caused by infection with the Spirurine nematode, Gnathostoma species, is a common fish-borne parasitic zoonosis in Asia. We present here the case of the spontaneous emergence of an adult Gnathostoma spinigerum worm from the abdominal skin of a Laotian woman. We review the literature on gnathostomiasis and discover that infective G. spinigerum larvae can grow into immature and mature worms in humans more commonly than expected.