• By Laurel Kelly

Parasite Wonders: The souvenir from Brazil

September 6, 2016

a slide of an unidentified H&E-stained section of a curetted lesion from the Parasite Wonders blog

This week's case involves a 70-year-old woman with a painful lesion on the side of her foot. She also had a similar lesion on the tip of one of her toes. She had recently returned from Brazil, where she had been for one month. The lesions appeared approximately 2½ weeks into her visit and were preceded by severe itching. She reports walking barefoot on the beaches while in Brazil. What was the cause of her lesions?

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Dr. Bobbi Pritt posts a new case, along with the answer to the previous case. Read Dr. Pritt's blog, Parasite Wonders, and submit your answers, comments and questions. Learn more about Dr. Pritt's work, and enjoy science!

Note from Dr. Pritt: All opinions expressed here are mine and not my employer's. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as, and does not substitute for, medical advice. I do not accept medical consults from patients.