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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 22-23

Guinea-worm (Dracunculus medinensis) infection presenting as a diabetic foot abscess: A case report from Kerala

DiabCare India, Diabetes Speciality Hospital, Nadakkave, Calicut 673011, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Suresh Kumar Pichakacheri
DiabCare India, Diabetes Speciality Hospital, Nadakkave, Calicut 673011, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-258X.272111

Dracunculiasis or guinea-worm infection is a water-borne, parasitic disease that can cause major morbidity. Dracunculiasis in patients with diabetes can be misdiagnosed as a diabetic foot abscess, which is a common complication of poorly controlled diabetes. This is a report of guinea-worm disease (GWD) in a 57-year-old man with diabetes from a rural area of Kerala. There is need for awareness among physicians about the occurrence of GWD in people with diabetes and the need to ensure supply of safe drinking water to prevent its re- emergence. Though WHO has declared India free of GWD, a few cases have been reported from the country.

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