A case of Dirofilaria pulmonary infection coexisting with lung cancer

Eduardo A. Mulanovich, Victor E. Mulanovich, Kenneth V.I. Rolston

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Abstract

Dirofilaria immitis, the dog heartworm, may accidentally infect humans and manifest as a subpleural solitary or multiple pulmonary nodules that are often difficult to differentiate from primary or metastatic lung tumors. Our patient had biopsy proven lung cancer and a second lesion found to be pulmonary dirofilariasis after excision. The coexistence of pulmonary infection and cancer must be considered whenever 2 or more lesions have different clinical and radiologic behavior. Pulmonary dirofilariasis is a rare cause of lung nodules and may be present with lung cancer even more infrequently.

Keywords

  • Dirofilaria
  • Lung cancer
  • Lung infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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