Streptocerciasis: Observation of Adult Male Dipetalonema streptocerca in Man

Wayne M. MeyersArmed Forces Institute of Pathology, Iyonda Leprosarium, Washington, D.C. 20306, Republic of Zaire

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Ronald C. NeafieArmed Forces Institute of Pathology, Iyonda Leprosarium, Washington, D.C. 20306, Republic of Zaire

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Roger MorisArmed Forces Institute of Pathology, Iyonda Leprosarium, Washington, D.C. 20306, Republic of Zaire

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Jacques BourlandArmed Forces Institute of Pathology, Iyonda Leprosarium, Washington, D.C. 20306, Republic of Zaire

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In 75 biopsy specimens of skin from 34 patients with streptocerciasis who had been treated with diethylcarbamazine, we found 39 female and six male adult Dipetalonema streptocerca in the dermal collagen. This is the first report of adult male D. streptocerca in man, and identifying features are described.

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Present address: Damien Foundation, Bujumbura, Burundi.

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