INCIDENTAL DISCOVERY OF HUMAN TRICHINELLOSIS ASSOCIATED WITH ORAL SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA. CASE REPORT
Trichinellosis is a parasitic infestation that is caused by roundworms of the Trichinella type and which affects the skeletal muscles. In most parts of the world there have been reports of trichinellosis in humans, with a lower incidence in countries in which pork is not traditionally eaten, such as India. This article reports a rare case of an incidental finding during a reconstructive surgery procedure on a 67-year-old man suffering from squamous cell carcinoma of the floor of the mouth. The intervention helped prevent long-term morbidity caused by trichinellosis in our patient. The case was successfully resolved by our reconstructive surgery followed by antiparasitic medication. We also discuss the pathogenesis and carcinogenic potential of trichinellosis, suggesting the critical importance of timely diagnosis and treatment of this infestation.
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