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Tungiasis: a poorly-known diagnosis in Europe. Two paradigmatic cases from Portugal.

Abstract Tungiasis is a cutaneous parasitosis caused by infestation of the skin by gravid fleas of the genus Tunga, mainly Tunga penetrans. This flea is very common in tropical and subtropical regions of the globe, but not in Europe. The infestation is acquired by walking barefoot or lying in places where the flea is present, usually beaches or sandy soils. We report two unrelated cases of imported tungiasis in Portugal that presented to our clinic in the same week. We draw attention to one of the most common dermatological diseases in travelers returning from tropical countries, the diagnosis of which is primarily clinical but nonetheless is largely unfamiliar to clinicians attending those patients.
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Journal Title acta dermatovenerologica alpina, pannonica, et adriatica
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PMID- 29264904
OWN - NLM
STAT- MEDLINE
DCOM- 20180201
LR  - 20180201
IS  - 1581-2979 (Electronic)
IS  - 1318-4458 (Linking)
VI  - 26
IP  - 4
DP  - 2017 Dec
TI  - Tungiasis: a poorly-known diagnosis in Europe. Two paradigmatic cases from
      Portugal.
PG  - 115-117
AB  - Tungiasis is a cutaneous parasitosis caused by infestation of the skin by gravid 
      fleas of the genus Tunga, mainly Tunga penetrans. This flea is very common in
      tropical and subtropical regions of the globe, but not in Europe. The infestation
      is acquired by walking barefoot or lying in places where the flea is present,
      usually beaches or sandy soils. We report two unrelated cases of imported
      tungiasis in Portugal that presented to our clinic in the same week. We draw
      attention to one of the most common dermatological diseases in travelers
      returning from tropical countries, the diagnosis of which is primarily clinical
      but nonetheless is largely unfamiliar to clinicians attending those patients.
FAU - Santos, Rui Pedro
AU  - Santos RP
AD  - Department of Dermatology, Hospital de Braga, Braga, Portugal.
FAU - Resende, Cristina
AU  - Resende C
AD  - Department of Dermatology, Hospital de Braga, Braga, Portugal.
FAU - da Luz Duarte, Maria
AU  - da Luz Duarte M
AD  - Department of Dermatology, Hospital de Braga, Braga, Portugal.
FAU - Brito, Celeste
AU  - Brito C
AD  - Department of Dermatology, Hospital de Braga, Braga, Portugal.
LA  - eng
PT  - Case Reports
PT  - Journal Article
PL  - Slovenia
TA  - Acta Dermatovenerol Alp Pannonica Adriat
JT  - Acta dermatovenerologica Alpina, Pannonica, et Adriatica
JID - 9422563
SB  - IM
MH  - Africa
MH  - Animals
MH  - Brazil
MH  - Dermoscopy
MH  - Diagnosis, Differential
MH  - Foot Diseases/*diagnosis/*parasitology
MH  - Humans
MH  - Male
MH  - Middle Aged
MH  - Portugal
MH  - *Travel
MH  - Tunga
MH  - Tungiasis/*diagnosis/parasitology
EDAT- 2017/12/22 06:00
MHDA- 2018/02/02 06:00
CRDT- 2017/12/22 06:00
PHST- 2017/12/22 06:00 [entrez]
PHST- 2017/12/22 06:00 [pubmed]
PHST- 2018/02/02 06:00 [medline]
AID - 396 [pii]
PST - ppublish
SO  - Acta Dermatovenerol Alp Pannonica Adriat. 2017 Dec;26(4):115-117.