A Brazilian child with a nodule in the footBMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2396 (Published 09 June 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2396
- Khuen Foong Ng, paediatric infectious diseases and immunology fellow,
- Stephen Owens, paediatric infectious diseases and immunology consultant
- Great North Children’s Hospital, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
- Correspondence to Khuen Foong Ng
A 2 year old girl from the north coast of Brazil presented on arrival in the UK with a day’s history of a painful and mildly pruritic nodule on the sole of her right foot. Seven days later, the nodule had grown in size and had become more tender (fig 1⇓). What is the diagnosis?
Tungiasis, a cutaneous ectoparasitic infection caused by female Tunga penetrans, also called jigger, nigua, chica, pico, …