Blemishes moving around on her face turned out to be parasitic worm

The mysterious

The mysterious"lump on the woman's face and the worm that was eventually removed

"Five days later, it had moved to above her left eye, and 10 days after that to the upper lip", Dr. Vladimir Kartashev of Rostov State Medical University in Russian Federation wrote in a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine.

Aside from some itching and burning, she experienced no other symptoms and dismissed it as nothing serious but, five days later, the bump had moved to the top of her eye lid and after 10 days it resurfaced on her upper lip.

The lady chose to document the movement of the nodule and this she did by taking photographs of her face.

Two weeks after she noticed the lump, the woman finally chose to have it checked.

After a visit to the ophthalmologist, tests revealed a string-like parasite called dirofilaria repens below the skin.

Soon after the lump's latest migration, the 32-year-old woman went to an eye doctor, who also observed a "superficial moving oblong nodule at the left upper eyelid" - in other words, a lump - according to a new report of the case, published today (June 20) in The New England Journal of Medicine.

The woman made a full recovery after the parasite was removed. The parasite was identified by means of a polymerase-chain-reaction assay as Dirofilaria repens.

The case report said that doctors in Russian Federation surgically removed the worm from the woman's face, and she recovered.

But dirofilariasis (the infection caused by these worms) is still more common in humans than you'd want it to be. They typically choose cats, dogs, wolves, coyotes, foxes and sea lions to live inside.

In humans, these worms tend to navigate to the eyes. So a human infection by one of these worms is always an accident. In a series of pics, she tracked as it moved across her face.

"It is rare for it to cause disease in humans", Dr. Jorgen Kurtzhals, professor at University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen University Hospital, told CNN in an email. He said that since 1997, there have been more than 4,000 human cases reported in these countries, particularly in Russian Federation and Ukraine.

A physical exam found a lump that had moved from his arm to the back of his hand, which turned out to be - you guessed it - a massive worm crawling around under his skin. However, it would appear that the treatment is pretty straightforward - surgery to remove the critter.

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