Dirofilariosis

(Dog heartworm infection)

Dirofilariosis is a filarial infections (overview of filarial infections) with heartworm, which is transmitted by infected mosquitoes to humans by dog ??heartworm.

Symptomatic human infection is very rare, but the larvae can isolate themselves in infarcted lung tissue and form circumscribed pulmonary herd.

Dirofilariosis is a filarial infections (overview of filarial infections) with heartworm, which is transmitted by infected mosquitoes to humans by dog ??heartworm. Symptomatic human infection is very rare, but the larvae can isolate themselves in infarcted lung tissue and form circumscribed pulmonary herd. Patients may have chest pain, coughing, and hemoptysis occasionally. Many patients remain asymptomatic and pulmonary nodules that may suggest a tumor is discovered as part of routine chest X-ray. The diagnosis is made by histological examination of a surgical sample taken. In humans, therapy is not indicated because the infection is self-limiting.

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