Human Gnathostomiasis: Infection with an Immature Male Gnathostoma Spinigerum

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  • Kuwait University, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Farwaniya Hospital, Al-Sabah Hospital, Washington, DC, Kuwait
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Gnathostomiasis, usually caused by larvae of Gnathostoma spinigerum, is a significant cause of morbidity in the Far East. We report a case of gnathostomiasis in volving a male Thai residing in Kuwait who presented with acute pain in the right iliac fossa. A resection of the terminal ileum and cecum was performed. Microscopic examination showed a parasite in an eosinophilic abscess. The nematode was identified as an immature male G. spinigerum based on size, morphology, and distribution of cuticular spines.