Brugia Infection in Northern Ohio

Yezid GutierrezDepartment of Pathology, Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland, Department of Anatomic Pathology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio 44106

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Robert E. PetrasDepartment of Pathology, Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland, Department of Anatomic Pathology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio 44106

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Abstract. A new case of infection with Brugia sp. is recorded from Northern Ohio, increasing the geographical range of this zoonosis, known previously in New England, New York and New Jersey. The patient, a 53-year-old man, had a 7-year history of malignant fibrous histiocytoma of the spermatic cord, for which he received intense chemo- and radio-therapy. The worm found was alive at the time of fixation, allowing a description of the parasite in cross sections.

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