John Libbey Eurotext

European Journal of Dermatology


Emerging imported parasitoses in Italy Volume 14, numéro 1, January-February 2004

Institute of Dermatological Sciences, University of Siena, Via Monte Santo, 3, 53100 Siena, Italy Dermatology Department, Mycology and Tropical Dermatology, S. Gerardo Hospital, Monza, Italy Scientific Institute, San Raphael Hospital, Milan University, Italy

In the period 1987‐2001, 111 cases of imported parasitoses were diagnosed in three Italian dermatology departments (Monza, Milan and Siena): 22 cases of tungiasis, 11 of furuncular myiasis and 78 of creeping eruption. The patients were 73 males and 38 women, who had been on trips abroad. All underwent appropriate treatment and recovered. Here we describe the geographic location of the parasites, the clinical features of the skin manifestations and differential diagnoses. Autochthonous cases of these infections, which are increasingly frequent as Europeans travel to endemic areas, have been described. Detailed knowledge of these parasitoses is necessary to enable prompt diagnosis and treatment.