BMJ Case Reports 2018; doi:10.1136/bcr-2017-223508
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Cutaneous larva migrans with pulmonary involvement

  1. Marc Wallace
  1. Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Douglas Maslin, dlm37{at}
  • Accepted 22 December 2017
  • Published 12 January 2018


After returning from a Carribean cruise, a 52-year-old woman spent an afternoon sitting on a sandy beach in Martinique with her husband. An initial burning sensation over her buttocks was followed the next day by an intensely pruritic eruption with ‘red pinprick marks’. This was unsuccessfully treated on the cruise ship with antibiotics, antifungal agents, as well as topical and intramuscular steroids. Examination on day 10 revealed a serpiginous rash over her buttocks with a large number of discrete papular lesions (figure 1). The patient’s husband was noted to be itching and examination revealed a rash with equivalent distribution and morphology (figure 2). A clinical diagnosis of cutaneous larva migrans was made.

Figure 1

Florid, serpiginous rash located on the buttock region of …

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