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Martin D. Young, Sc.D.; Isaac Hayne, M.D.
JAMA. 1953;151(1):40. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940010042009a.
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The parasitism of man by the nematode Gongylonema is rarely reported. In 1951, Craig and Faust listed 14 cases. Since then, the 15th case has been reported. Seven of these originated in this country, one each from Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Arkansas, and two from Virginia. Following is the report of a case in which, in 1945, an immature female Gongylonema was removed from the mouth of a Negro woman living in Congaree, S. C.


The host was a Negro woman, 26 years of age, in good physical condition, who was employed in a laundry. About 9 o'clock one night the patient felt with her tongue a foreign body under the mucosa of her upper lip near the junction with the upper gum. By the following morning the object had moved to the middle of the cheek about half the distance from the mouth to


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