In November 2015, a surgeon from Belgium, working for Medics without Vacation in Bassila, Benin, Africa, incidentally discovered pentastomiasis
in an adult man during surgery for a massive inguinoscrotal hernia (half a liter content).
Imaging features of pediatric pentastomiasis
infection: a case report.
is well known in animals that come from the captivity but little information is available on wild animals.
Linguatula serrata and Armillifer armillatus were associated with 99% of the reported cases of human pentastomiasis
(Drabick, 1987; Pare, 2008).
According to the study, people can also catch certain diseases (trichinosis, pentastomiasis
, gnathostomiasis and sparganosis) by eating reptile meat.
Most cases of human pentastomiasis
are caused by two species of pentastomids, both of which have characteristics of arthropods and annelids, viz.
Co-Infections in Visceral Pentastomiasis
, Democratic Republic of the Congo
causing unilateral glaucoma.
In natural intermediate hosts (rodents and small monkeys), and accidentally humans, larvae hatch in the gastrointestinal tract after ingestion of pentastomid eggs, leading to dissemination and, eventually, to encapsulation of the vermiform larvae in internal organs (most often abdominal or peritoneal organs [visceral pentastomiasis
(1)]) or in the eye (ocular pentastomiasis
To the Editor: Pentastomiasis
is a parasitic zoonotic disease with an incremental number of reported human infections caused by larval stages (nymphs) of pentastomes (1-3).
(Halzoun): report of 3 cases.
Most documented human infections are caused by members of the species Armillifer armillatus, which cause visceral pentastomiasis
in West and Central Africa (2-4).