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Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia

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An. Bras. Dermatol. vol.88 no.5 Rio de Janeiro Sept./Oct. 2013 


Ectopic cutaneous Schistosomiasis*

Esquistossomose cutânea ectópica

Thiago Jeunon de Sousa  Vargas 1  6 

Raquel  Lopes 2 

Maria de Lourdes Palermo F. N.  Moraes 3 

Karen Grace Pena de  Azevedo 4 

Maria Auxiliadora Jeunon  Sousa 5 

1Research fellow in Dermatology at the Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology. - Preceptor at the Dermatology Service at Hospital Federal de Bonsucesso (HFB). Associate at the Laboratory of Dermatology Investigation (ID)– Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brazil.

6Laboratory of Dermatology Investigation, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

2MD, dermatologist at private practice. Residency in Dermatology performed at Federal de Bonsucesso (HFB) – Bonsucesso (RJ), Brazil.

3MD, PhD (in course) in Dermatology at University of São Paulo (USP) – São Paulo (SP), Brazil.

4Chair Professor in Dermatology at University Iguaçu (UNIG) – Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brazil.

5Research fellowship in Dermatology at the New York University. Retired Assistant Professor at Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ). Director at the Laboratory of Dermatology Investigation (ID)– Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brazil.


The authors report a case of ectopic cutaneous schistosomiasis in a 35 year-old female who presented clustered reddish macules and papules on the left buttock. The diagnosis was not suspected during clinical evaluation and required visualization of Schistosoma mansoni eggs on sections of tissue.

Key words: Schistosoma mansoni; Schistosomiasis mansoni; Skin


Os autores relatam um caso de esquistossomose cutânea ectópica em uma paciente de 35 anos que apresentou máculas e pápulas eritematosas agrupadas na nádega esquerda. O diagnostico não foi suspeitado durante a avaliação clínica, tendo sido obtido através da visualização dos ovos no exame histopatológico.

Palavras-Chave: Esquistossomose mansoni; Pele; Schistosoma mansoni


This was a thirty-five year-old, white, female patient born in Paraíba and resident in Jacarepaguá/RJ for the last 34 years. She presented with a cluster of reddish-coppery asymptomatic macules and papules on the left buttock, arising 30 days after a waterfall bathing at the countryside of the state (Figures 1 and 2). The diagnostic hypotheses were larva migrans, residual herpes simplex and sarcoidosis. Histopathological examination showed epithelioid granulomas surrounding eggs with an insinuation of a lateral spine, containing miracidia (Figure 3 and 4). Complete examination of gastrointestinal system and parasitological stool analysis did not show any alterations.

FIGURE 1 Reddish-coppery cluster of macules and papules at the left buttock 

FIGURE 2 Reddish-coppery macules and papules, clustered and with a smooth surface. One of the lesions is eroded 

FIGURE 3 Medium dermis with an epithelioid granuloma surrounding three Schistosoma mansoni eggs. HE, 100X 

FIGURE 4 Detail of the three Schistosoma mansoni eggs containing viable miracidia. Notice that the in the eggs on the left side, it is possible to identify the characteristic lateral spine. HE, 400x 


Ectopic cutaneous schistosomiasis happens when the trematodes' eggs are deposited in the dermis, instead of being eliminated via stools (S. japonicum and S. mansoni) or urine (S. hematobium).1 , 2 The only species reported in Brazil is S. mansoni, whose eggs are identified by the presence of a thick lateral spine.3 Lesions are typically located at the periumbilical region, torso, superior dorsal region, buttocks, and genital area. They appear as skin-colored papules, sometimes with a reddish-brown coloration, and may spontaneously regress or evolve to lichenified, vegetant or even tumoral lesions. Ulceration and fistulization may also occur.3 , 4 , 5

There were previous case reports of schistosomiasis in the region of Jacarepaguá. We believe the patient had already contracted the disease previously to this last waterfall bathing, because the acute phase usually presents with hepatoesplenomegalia and the period of egg laying starts 40 days after the infection.3 , 6 , 7 In the chronic phase of schistosomiasis, the process of egg laying is diminished, and it becomes difficult to detect them on stool samples. Only 2 to 7% of (chronic) patients develop portal hypertension in Brazil4 , 6 , 7


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Financial funding: None

* Work performed at the Laboratory of Dermatology Investigation (ID)- Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brazil.

Received: September 04, 2012; Accepted: October 22, 2012

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Conflict of interest: None