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Retroperitoneal filariasis diagnosed by fine needle aspiration: a case report.

Abstract

BACKGROUND
Filarial worms lodge anywhere, from body fluids to subcutaneous tissue, as various case reports prove.
CASE
A 21-year-old Nepali male presented with bilateral groin swellings. Imaging studies showed dilated retroperitoneal lymphatics forming a mass, suggestive of lymphangioma or lymphangioleiomyoma. Fine needle aspiration (FNA) of the retroperitoneal mass revealed microfilariae of Wuchereria bancrofti.
CONCLUSION
This is the first reported case of retroperitoneal filarial lymphangiectasia diagnosed on FNA, thus stressing the importance of FNA as a simple yet effective diagnostic tool.

Authors

Al Bozom I, Koshy SM, Mahdi H, Abdullah MF, Bedair EM

Institution

Department of Surgical Pathology, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar.

Source

Acta cytologica 54:3 pg 325-7

MeSH

Animals
Biopsy, Fine-Needle
Diagnosis, Differential
Filariasis
Humans
Lymphangioma
Lymphangiomyoma
Male
Retroperitoneal Space
Wuchereria bancrofti
Young Adult

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20518420