A case of cutaneous larva migrans acquired from soiled toilet floors in urban Kuala Lumpur

Robson, Noor Zurani and Othman, S. (2008) A case of cutaneous larva migrans acquired from soiled toilet floors in urban Kuala Lumpur. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 63 (4). pp. 331-332. ISSN 0300-5283,

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Despite being a common skin dermatosis in the tropics, physicians in the tropics may miss the diagnosis of cutaneous larva migrans for other pruritic skin manifestation. This is especially in those who live in urban housing with no history of travel. Cutaneous larva migrans, an intensely pruritic skin pathology is mainly contracted by people with history of beach holiday or contact with moist soft sand which had been contaminated with dog or cat faeces. This article reports a patient who presented with intensely itchy papular spots over the dorsum of his foot after walking barefooted in an urban toilet soiled with cat faeces. The patient had initially seen an urban general practitioner who diagnosed the papular skin lesion as an allergic reaction, and prescribed antihistamines. The patient subsequently developed creeping skin lesions and was seen by the author who prescribed albendazole 400 mg twice daily for three days. The patient reported reduction in itching after two days of albendazole treatment and a follow up at ten days revealed a healed infection.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article was accepted: 14 July 2008 Corresponding Author: Noor Zurani Md Haris Robson, Department of Primary Care Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Email: noorzurani@um.edu.my
Uncontrolled Keywords: Larva migrans; Ancylostoma braziliensis; Cutaneous larva migrans ;Creeping eruption, Hookworm
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Noorzurani Robson
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2012 01:51
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2019 04:48
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/2703

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