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An Uncommon Presentation of Human Otoacariasis by Haemaphysalis longicornis

Annals of Dermatology 2018년 30권 3호 p.348 ~ 350
KMID : 0032220180300030348
 ( Choi Jin-Young ) - Catholic University College of Medicine Department of Dermatology

 ( Cho Baik-Kee ) - Catholic University College of Medicine Department of Dermatology
 ( Lee Young-Bok ) - Catholic University College of Medicine Department of Dermatology
 ( Yu Dong-Soo ) - Catholic University College of Medicine Department of Dermatology
 ( Jun Beom-Cho ) - Catholic University College of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology
 ( Lee In-Yong ) - Yonsei University College of Medicine Department of Parasitology
 ( Kim Jin-Wou ) - Catholic University College of Medicine Department of Dermatology

Abstract

Ticks are obligate parasites on animals and sometimes humans. They usually suck the blood of the hosts and can carry various infectious diseases as a vector. Otoacariasis is the presence of ticks and mites within the ear canal and relatively common in domestic and wild animals. However, tick infestations of human ear canals are rarely reported in the scientific literature and hardly occur in developed countries. Herein, we report a rare case of otoaracariasis involving Haemaphysalis longicornis . A 9-year-old girl living in a suburb presented with otalgia of left ear for 1 day. Otoscopic examination revealed a huge insect occluding the tympanic membrane. Tick removal and washing of external auditory canal was done successfully. The causative tick was identified as the H. longicornis. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of human otoacariasis by a H. longicornis in Korea.
KeyWords

Ixodidae, Tick bites, Tick infestations
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