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Ancylostoma dermatitis

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Cutaneous larva migrans caused by the infestation of larvae of hookworms, especially Ancylostoma braziliense, when they penetrate the skin of their host


Ancylostoma dermatitis is a type of skin inflammation associated with Ancylostoma infection. Ancylostoma is a genus of parasitic hookworms belonging to the family Ancylostomatidae. The Ancylostoma hookworms can be distinguished from other hookworms by having pairs of sharp teeth in their buccal cavity. The teeth are essential for the hookworms to attach to the intestinal wall of the host. In the intestines, these worms suck blood of the host. Their portal of entry is the skin of the host in contact to a contaminated soil. Thus, the feet are the common site where these hookworms utilize in order to infest a new host. The infective stage is the larva. The larva bores through the skin in order to reach the bloodstream. The larvae penetrating the skin may trigger an allergic response and therefore results in skin inflammation and intense pruritic eruption. Cutaneous larva migrans occurs when the human skin becomes infested such as with the larvae of cat hookworms (Ancylostoma braziliense). The condition is characterized by red, raised tunnel on the surface of the skin.


  • cutaneous ancylostomiasis
  • ancylostomiasis cutis

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