Trichinella myopathy in a child presenting with a neck mass: Case report and literature review


  • Tinsae Alemayehu American medical center
  • Tewodros Yalew Department of Pathology, College of health sciences, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Helen Mintesnot Dessalegn Department of Pediatrics and child health, College of health sciences, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Trichinellosis, Ethiopia, Children, Myositis


Human Trichinellosis is a widely distributed tissue nematode infection. It is infrequently reported from Ethiopian children. We report on a twelve year old boy who presented with a left sided neck swelling of three months and dysphagia of one month duration. A muscular biopsy confirmed the presence of Trichinellosis and the child was treated with Albendazole for ten days. Children with dietary risk factors and presenting with chronic myositis should be evaluated for Trichinella infection as part of their work-up.


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