Pulmonary presentation of Dirofilaria immitis (canine heartworm) in man

13Citations
Citations of this article
7Readers
Mendeley users who have this article in their library.

Abstract

Canine heartworm or Dirofilaria immitis can occasionally infect man. We present the case of a 36-year-old Balkan woman referred to us for a thoracoscopic biopsy of a well defined pulmonary mass. The latter was thoracoscopically resected and proved to be due to Dirofilaria immitis on histopathological examination. To our knowledge this is the second reported case in Western Australia, the first being that reported by Brine et al. [1]. The prevalence of the disease in Australia was recognized in 1969 in one study in the state of Queensland, where 12% of 761 dogs at one veterinary clinic and 20% of 296 dogs at another were shown to be infected. Dirofilaria immitis resides in the right ventricle and pulmonary arteries of dogs [2]. The microfilariae are released into the blood stream and are transmitted to secondary hosts by mosquitoes. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V.

Author supplied keywords

Cite

CITATION STYLE

APA

Narine, K., Brennan, B., Gilfillan, I., & Hodge, A. (1999). Pulmonary presentation of Dirofilaria immitis (canine heartworm) in man. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, 16(4), 475–477. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1010-7940(99)00240-7

Register to see more suggestions

Mendeley helps you to discover research relevant for your work.

Already have an account?

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free