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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 550-552

Dirofilariasis mimicking as a breast tumor: A report of two cases


1 Department of Pathology, K S Hegde Medical Academy, Nitte University, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Surgery, K S Hegde Medical Academy, Nitte University, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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H L Kishan Prasad
Department of Pathology, K S Hegde Medical Academy, Nitte University, Mangalore, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.mjdrdypu_239_18

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Dirofilariasis is a zoonotic filarial parasitic infestation. Its prevalence has increased in recent times. Hence, it is described as an emerging zoonosis. However, not many cases of subcutaneous manifestation of the disease have been reported in the literature. Here, we are presenting two cases of dirofilariasis manifesting as a breast mass causing a diagnostic dilemma in treating clinician. We present two cases of dirofilariasis in the breast tissue mimicking a tumor initially, and on histopathology, it was diagnosed as a Dirofilaria infestation. The increased incidence of Dirofilaria infestation in the Southern part of the country has created a need for increased awareness among the population living in endemic areas to reduce the load of the parasite. Hence it is an ideal time to initiate the primary preventive measures to reduce the incidence of Dirofilaria infestation.


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