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Ann Agric Environ Med 2005, 12, 299-303

CUTANEOUS MANIFESTATION OF GIARDIASIS - CASE REPORT

Aldona Pietrzak1, Grazyna Chodorowska1, Janusz Urban1,
Violetta Bogucka2, Ewa Dybiec3

1Department of Dermatology of Dermatology, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland
2Department of Educational Psychology and Psychoprevention UMCS, Lublin, Poland
3Department of Paediatric Radiology, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland

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Pietrzak A, Chodorowska G, Urban J, Bogucka V, Dybiec E: Cutaneous manifestation of giardiasis - case report. Ann Agric Environ Med 2005, 12, 299-303.

Abstract: Giardia intestinalis is a protozoan parasiting the gastrointestinal tract of vertebrate hosts widely distributed throughout the world. Patients with giardiasis are usually asymptomatic but the presence of the parasite may lead to a variety of clinical manifestations, including skin lesions. In this report we present a case of a 31-year-old female patient with skin lesions of granuloma annulare type confirmed by a skin biopsy, who was diagnosed with giardiasis. The clearance of the skin lesions after antiparasite treatment seems to support correlation between dermatological symptoms and infection with Giardia intestinalis.

Address for correspondence: Aldona Pietrzak, Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Lublin, ul. Radziwillowska 13, 20-080 Lublin, Poland. E-mail: bpietrzak@pharmanet.com.pl

Key words: cutis, giardiasis, granuloma annulare, Giardia intestinalis.


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