A French case of porocephalosis diagnosed by radiologists

  • François Lersy Department of neuroradiology, University hospitals of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
  • Thibault Willaume Department of neuroradiology, University hospitals of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
Keywords: Porocephalosis, Armillifer, calcifications, snake

Abstract

Porocephalosis is the name given to human infection by Armillifer, which is rare, especially in European and North American populations. Among the few cases reported to date, most of them were described in the African community. Humans can become infected, for example, consuming undercooked meat from infected snakes. Herein we report the case of a 31-year-old male, originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who was living in France for many years and presented with lower back pain and mild abdominal pain. Imaging showed multiple comma-shaped calcifications disseminated in the liver and the peritoneal cavity, without any additional feature. The patient reported regular consumption of snake meat during his travels in Africa, and thus the diagnosis of porocephalosis could be made. Doctors treating patients from endemic areas or traveling in endemic areas, particularly in Africa, should become familiar with this infection and consider it in the case of multiple calcifications on imaging. More cases of porocephalosis are likely to be seen in the future because of the increase in international travel.

Published
2020-09-30
How to Cite
1.
Lersy F, Willaume T (2020) A French case of porocephalosis diagnosed by radiologists. J Infect Dev Ctries 14:1071-1073. doi: 10.3855/jidc.12693
Section
Case Reports