Tunga penetrans


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Tun·ga pen·e·trans

(tŭng'gă pen'ĕ-tranz),
A member of the flea family, Tungidae, commonly known as chigger flea, sand flea, chigoe, or jigger; the minute female penetrates the skin, frequently under the toenails; as she becomes distended with eggs to about pea size, a painful ulcer with inflammation develops at the site.

Tunga penetrans

See chigoe.

Tun·ga pen·e·trans

(tŭng'ă pen'ĕ-tranz)
A member of the flea family, Tungidae, commonly known as a chigger flea, sand flea, chigoe, or jigger; the minute female penetrates the skin, frequently under the toenails; as its body becomes distended with eggs, to about the size of a pea, a painful ulcer with inflammation develops at the site.
chigoe; chigger flea; sand flea; jigger; Tunga penetrans tiny soil-dwelling tropical insect; the female burrows through plantar and webspace skin or under toenails to feed and lay eggs; infestation causes tungiasis, i.e. formation of haemorrhagic/ulcerated nodules 3-4 weeks after initial infection; differential diagnosis includes verruca pedis and amelanotic melanoma; treated by lesion curettage, cryotherapy or minute dissection to remove insect and all eggs

Tunga

a genus of fleas native to tropical and subtropical America and Africa.

Tunga penetrans
the chigoe or jigger flea, which attacks humans, dogs, pigs and other animals, as well as poultry, and causes intense skin irritation. See also chigoe.
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Of those people infested with Tunga penetrans, 415 (68%) suffered from light infestations (1-4 parasites), 132 (22%) from moderate infestations (5-12) and 63 (10%) from heavy infestations (13+).
Tunga penetrans has many common name synonyms, which provides a good indication of its internationally widespread prevalence (Sachse, Guldbakke, Khachemoune, 2007, p.
Tunga penetrans is the smallest flea species known with only 1mm of size.
Typical Histologic Features of Tunga Penetrans in Skin Biopsies.
Differential Features of Tunga penetrans and Other Organisms * T Sarcoptes penetrans Ticks Myiasis scabei Helminths Exoskeleton, + + + + + cuticle or tegument Hypodermal + + - - Some species layer Tracheae + + + + - Digestive + + + + + tract Eggs + - - + Some species ([dagger]) Striated + + + + - muscle (Haphazard (Helminths distri- have smooth bution) muscle) * Plus sign indicates feature is present; minus sign, feature is absent.
Early references to the occurrence of Tunga penetrans in tropical Africa.