Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Lump that moved across woman’s face leads to stomach-churning find

Lump that moved across woman’s face leads to stomach-churning find

When a woman in Russian Federation noticed a small lump under her left eye, she snapped a selfie to document the unusual bulge. Per LiveScience, the woman first photographed the lump below her eye near the nose before it moved to her eyelid and then to her lip, where the infestation caused some serious swelling.

Several days after returning home, the Russian woman noticed a small lump just above the left eye.

The disturbing discovery is made worse by the fact that the woman monitored the lump as it moved to different spots on her face.

In the case of this particular patient, she had travelled to a rural area outside of Moscow where, her doctor noted, she reported having been frequently bitten by mosquitoes. It took two weeks before she chose to get the lump examined by doctors. For the most part, they are not risky to humans.

The bumps were itchy and sometimes caused a burning feeling, she said, but did not cause any other symptoms.

The patient reportedly told physicians she'd traveled outside Moscow to rural Russian Federation, where she'd been the victim of a lot of mosquito bites.

"A physical examination showed a superficial moving oblong nodule at the upper eyelid", doctors wrote.

According to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, the parasite was fixed with forceps and removed surgically. The woman made a full recovery after the procedure.


Dirofilaria repens mostly affects dogs and other carnivores such as cats, wolves, foxes or raccoons. Those larvae then get picked up by biting mosquitoes, which incubate the mini mooches before transferring them to new hosts at their next blood meal.

Doctors say the worms are not trying to use humans as a host.

"It is rare for it to cause disease in humans", Dr. Jorgen Kurtzhals, professor at University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen University Hospital, told CNN in an email.

The worms, generally found in certain parts of Europe, Africa and Asia, are known to be as long as 170 millimeters and can thrive for 10 years, as per the CDC.

In March the story surfaced of Ashraf Ali, a 24-year-old man from Sheikh Darra in Pakistan, who is virtually bedridden as a result of elephantiasis in his legs.

'I'm not able to do any work and I'm very scared'.

His father Ali Nawaz said: 'It's painful to see my son in pain [however] we can't afford his treatment as we don't have the resources'.

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