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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.



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