Creeping Eruption: A Review of Clinical Presentation and Management of 60 Cases Presenting to a Tropical Disease Unit

Herbert Dele Davies, P. Sakuls, J. S. Keystone

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Background and Design.— Cutaneous larva migrans is an infection with a larval nematode, most frequently by dog or cat hookworms. It has a characteristic presentation that is easily recognizable. We reviewed the charts of 60 patients with cutaneous larva migrans who presented to the Tropical Disease Unit, Toronto (Ontario) Hospital, during a 6-year period. Results.— Ninety-five percent of the patients were Canadians who had recently returned from the tropics or subtropics, notably the Caribbean. Almost all patients had a linear or serpiginous, very pruritic larval track. Topical thiabendazole was efficacious in 52 (98%) of 53 patients treated. Albendazole cured six (88%) of seven patients treated. Because of adverse effects, oral thiabendazole and liquid nitrogen were not utilized. Conclusion — We conclude that topical thiabendazole and oral albendazole are very effective and safe modalities for the treatment of cutaneous larva migrans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)588-591
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Dermatology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1993
Externally publishedYes


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  • Dermatology

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