Cutaneous onchocercoma

Jason F. Okulicz, Adam S. Stibich, Dirk M. Elston, Robert A. Schwartz*

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Onchocerciasis is a common, chronic multisystem disease with dermatologic, ocular, and systemic manifestations. Although the disease is endemic in Africa, Latin America, and Yemen, imported cases have been described in the United States. The causative organism, Onchocerca volvulus, is transmitted by the bite of a black fly of the genus Simulium. There are a number of cutaneous manifestations of the disease, including onchocercomas, which are subcutaneous bundles of worms. The antiparasitic agent ivermectin is the drug of choice for both prophylaxis and treatment of active disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-172
Number of pages3
JournalInternational journal of dermatology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2004
Externally publishedYes


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