Dirofilaria repens presenting as a premasseteric nodule

Latifoglu O., Ozmen S., Sezer C., Yavuzer R., Altintas K., Uluoglu O.

ORAL SURGERY ORAL MEDICINE ORAL PATHOLOGY ORAL RADIOLOGY AND ENDODONTICS, vol.94, no.2, pp.217-220, 2002 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Dirofilariasis is a rare zoonosis that is mainly seen with subcutaneous or pulmonary involvement. Natural hosts are dogs, cats, jackals, and raccoons; however, humans can rarely become an accidental host for the parasite. In the reported case, infection manifested as a subcutaneous nodule, representing a significant diagnostic challenge for both the surgeon and the pathologist. A case of a 62-year-old man with a premasseteric soft tissue mass caused by Dirofilaria repens is presented with histopathologic confirmation.