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Volume 9, Number 8—August 2003


Severe Tungiasis in Underprivileged Communities: Case Series from Brazil

Hermann Feldmeier*Comments to Author , Margit Eisele*, Rômulo César Sabóia-Moura†, and Jörg Heukelbach†
Author affiliations: *Free University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany; †Mandacaru Foundation, Fortaleza, Brazil

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Table 1

Demographic and parasitologic characteristics and number of lesions in 16 patients with severe tungiasis

Characteristics No./total
Median age in y (and range)
12 (2–50)
Median no. of lesions/patient (range)
88 (52–145)
Vital lesions (stages I–III)
43 (10–77)
Dead lesions/residuals (stages IV–V)
38 (11–85)
Manipulated lesions
14 (1–46)
Presence of clusters in individual patients
16/16 (100%)
Lesions occurring in clusters
1,092/1,474 (76%)
Median no. of lesions/cluster (range) 12 (6–30)

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