Pelodera strongyloides infestation presenting as pruritic dermatitis

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2004 Nov;51(5 Suppl):S181-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2004.05.010.


Pelodera strongyloides is a free-living soil nematode of the order Rhabditida. We report an 18-year-old man with P strongyloides skin infestation. In this case, pruritic follicular papulopustules developed on the buttocks, then the right flank. Skin scrapings revealed many live rhabditiform larvae that were cultured adult worms and hatched ova, identified as P strongyloides . The eruption was treated effectively with topical 1% gamma-hexachlorocyclohexane ointment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Antinematodal Agents / therapeutic use
  • Antiparasitic Agents
  • Hexachlorocyclohexane / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pruritus / parasitology*
  • Skin Diseases, Parasitic / diagnosis*
  • Strongyloidiasis / diagnosis*
  • Strongyloidiasis / drug therapy


  • Antinematodal Agents
  • Antiparasitic Agents
  • Hexachlorocyclohexane