Pulmonary Dirofilariasis in a Costa Rican Man

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  • * University of Costa Rica Department of Parasitology, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
  • Hospital Monsenor Sanabria, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

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.