Large Nematode Larva from the Abdominal Cavity of a Man in Massachusetts

M. D. LittleDepartment of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112

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Jean C. MacPhailDepartment of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112

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A nematode larva, 31 mm long, was recovered from an aneurysm of the right common iliac artery surgically removed from a man in Massachusetts. Its finding appeared to be incidental as there was no evidence of any lesion produced by the larva. It was identified as a 3rd-stage larva of Phocanema or Terranova, a type not previously reported from man.

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