Pulmonary Dirofilariasis in a Costa Rican Man

Rodrigo BrenesUniversity of Costa Rica Department of Parasitology, San Jose, Costa Rica

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Paul C. BeaverTulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112

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Eduardo MongeUniversity of Costa Rica Department of Parasitology, San Jose, Costa Rica

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Luis ZamoraHospital Monsenor Sanabria, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

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In a 33-year-old male Costa Rican who died of undetermined cause 2 hours after admission to hospital, autopsy revealed a small female Dirofilaria causing a recent hemorrhagic infarct unlike the pale coin lesion usually seen in pulmonary dirofilariasis.

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