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5 Facts you should know about

Dioctophyme renale

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1

Commonly referred to as the giant kidney worm.

2

A parasitic nematode

whose mature form is found in the kidneys of mammals.

3

It affects fish eating mammals,

particularly mink and dogs.

4

Human infestation is rare,

but results in kidney destruction, usually of one kidney and therefore not fatal.

5

Upon diagnosis through tissue sampling,

the only treatment is surgical excision.

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