Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology

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Human pulmonary dirofilariasis: a report of seven cases

Dirofilariose pulmonar humana: relato de sete casos

Rodrigo Silva Cavallazzi, Antônio César Cavallazzi, Irene Vieira Souza, João José de Deus Cardoso

J Bras Pneumol.2002;28(2):100-102

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Human pulmonary dirofilariasis is a rare disease caused by the parasite Dirofilaria immitis. It is usually seen as a solitary pulmonary nodule that mimics lung cancer. Although this disease is considered benign, its diagnosis often requires an excisional lung biopsy. Herein we report the epidemiological, clinical and radiological features observed in seven cases of human pulmonary dirofilariasis from Florianópolis. Six of our seven patients, showed a radiological finding of pulmonary nodule and underwent excisional lung biopsy for diagnosis. In one case, the radiological image was unavailable for review. Therefore, it was not described in this work, and the diagnosis was established through transbronchial biopsy.


Keywords: Dirofilariasis. Dirofilaria immitis. Coin lesion pulmonary.




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