Case report: Testicular swelling due to lymphatic filariasis after brief travel to Haiti

Luis A. Marcos, Nathan P. Shapley, Mark Eberhard, Jonathan I. Epstein, Le Anne M. Fox, Alan Magill, Thomas B. Nutman

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After 6 months of a trip to Haiti, a 25-year-old healthy man presented with a 6-week history of a very slow progressive intermittent bilateral testicular pain and swelling. The biopsies in both testicles revealed the presence of a dead filarial parasite. Polymerase chain reaction products of the DNA from the biopsy were shown to have a 100% identity to Wuchereria bancrofti. Despite being uncommon in travelers, this presentation of W. bancrofti highlights the possibility of acquiring W. bancrofti during short-term trips to highly endemic regions of the world (i.e., Haiti).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-91
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases

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