Pentastomid | definition of pentastomid by Medical dictionary
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pentastomid (pĕn′tə-stō′mĭd, pĕn-tăs′tə-mĭd)A blood-sucking parasite that infests the nasal cavity of carnivores; human disease is caused by Armillifer armillatus—usual host, snakes—and Linguatula serrata—usual host, sheep and goats; pentastomiasis is global in distribution; linguliasis or Halzoun’s disease is more common in the Middle East and results from eating poorly-cooked meat; the larvae cause pain, itching, sneezing due to transnasal migration, dysphagia, vomiting and lymphadenopathy; a large bolus of worms may cause fatal obstruction
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To date, about 10 pentastomid
species have been involved in zoonotic infections.
Sequence similarities to other pentastomids
range from 90.
Humans are usually tolerant to nymphal pentastomid
infections, and most patients are asymptomatic (4).
verrucosus (Chabaud and Brygoo, 1960, 1962, 1963; Caballero, 1968), only two pentastomids
have been reported from this species.