Volume 82, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Tungiasis is a neglected ectoparasitism of impoverished areas in South America and sub-Saharan Africa. The sand flea spp. preferably infests the soles and the periungueal and interdigital regions of the feet. Ectopic tungiasis is rare, even in highly endemic areas. We describe a case of an indigenous patient in Peru who presented with a nodular lesion in the extensor aspect of the knee and whose biopsy was compatible with spp. This is the first documented case of knee tungiasis in an endemic country. The historical, clinical, histological, and current epidemiological aspects of tungiasis in Peru are discussed here.


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  • Received : 15 Jan 2010
  • Accepted : 02 Mar 2010
  • Published online : 04 Jun 2010

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