In India, a 26-year-old man who complained of pain in the testicles had an ultrasound. Doctors then discovered “dancing” worms in his scrotum.
A diagnosis that is enough to give goosebumps. In India, a 26-year-old man from New Delhi visited a health facility for pain felt in one of his testicles. Quickly taken care of, it then suffered a ultrasound.
But the diagnosis was rather surprising. As the Daily Mail reports, doctors have discovered “linear structures move” in the patient’s scrotum, movements described as “a dance”. They then removed him from the liquid to examine him under the microscope. An analysis that revealed the presence of many live worms, scientifically called Wuchereria bancrofti. The young man actually suffered from lymphatic filariasis and was prescribed a three-week antiparasitic treatment. When he was examined again, the worms had disappeared.
Worms transferred by mosquitoes
These infections are caused by bites of mosquitoes. These transfer the worms into the bloodstream. As stated by the World Health Organization, lymphatic filariasis impairs the lymphatic system and can lead to abnormal increase in the volume of certain parts of the body, which can cause severe pain, even leading to severe disability. “Mosquitoes are infested with microfilariae when they bite an infected host and ingest their blood. The microfilariae develop inside the mosquito until they become infective larvae. When a new person is bitten by the infected mosquito, the mature larvae of the parasite are deposited on their skin and can then enter their body. The larvae then migrate to the lymphatic vessels where they mature, thus perpetuating the cycle of transmission.thus describes the WHO.
Globally, 863 million people in 47 countries are at risk of lymphatic filariasis. Parasitic worm infections are particularly common in tropical and subtropical regions, Africa, Asia and South America.
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