Unusual location of dirofilaria immitis in A 5-year-old Boy’s Hydrocele: A case report


Abdoreza Salahi Moghaddam 1 , Iraj Moaydi 2 , Seied Hesamaldin Banihashemi 3 , *

1 Associate Professor Department of Parasitology , Infectious Disease Research Center, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Ira

2 Associate Professor Department of Parasitology , Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

3 Assistant Professor Department of Surgery , Hormozgan University of Med ical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

How to Cite: Salahi Moghaddam A, Moaydi I , Banihashemi S H. Unusual location of dirofilaria immitis in A 5-year-old Boy’s Hydrocele: A case report, Hormozgan Med J. 2016 ; 20(3):e87687.


Hormozgan Medical Journal: 20 (3); e87687
Published Online: March 16, 2015
Article Type: Case Report
Received: June 09, 2014
Accepted: March 16, 2015


Introduction: Dirofilariasis is an infection caused by filarial nematode which belongs to the Dirofilaria genus. This parasite is known as dog heart worm and human is aberrant host for it. Dirofilaria immitis is the main sample of Dirofilaria species which infects human.

Case Report: In this rare case, we describe a 5-year-old boy who presented to general hospital and was infected to a immature worm. According to physical examination and ultrasonic imaging, diagnosis was based on incarcerated inguinal hernia and hydrocele. In the operating room, a worm was removed from spermatic cord.

Conclusion: This case indicates the necessity of appropriate epidemiological studies in enzootic areas.



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