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Revista Archivo Médico de Camagüey

versión On-line ISSN 1025-0255

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SANTANA ALVAREZ, Jorge; LEON MOLINA, Manuel; BARRIO TAUPIER, Isabel Del  y  MIRANDA RAMOS, María de los Ángeles. Onchocercosis of the jaw: about a case. AMC [online]. 2015, vol.19, n.5, pp.504-511. ISSN 1025-0255.

Background: onchocercosis, also known as Robles’ disease, is a chronic parasitic disease caused by a nematode worm of the genus filaria onchocerca volvulus that is transmitted by black flies of the simuliidae family and the only host of which is man. It is the second infectious cause of blindness in the world.  Objective: to describe the case of a patient carrier of the disease who present a nodule in the right ascending ramus of the lower jaw. Clinical case: an African female patient who came to consultation for presenting an increase in volume of the right area of the lower jaw of some months of evolution and a tumor of six centimeters in diameter at the level of the right horizontal angle and ramus of the lower jaw. Microfilariasis was diagnosed in the cytology. Conclusions: the parasite was transmitted to the patient like it happens in all the cases, by the sting of a fly of the genus simulium that sucks the blood of the person and lays the larvae causing the disease.

Palabras clave : ONCHOCERCIASIS; ONCHOCERCA VOLVULUS [pathogenicity]; PARASITIC DISEASES; AGED; CASE REPORTS.

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