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5 Facts you should know about

Dioctophyme renale

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Commonly referred to as the giant kidney worm

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A parasitic nematode whose mature form is found in the kidneys of mammals

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It affects fish-eating mammals, particularly minks and dogs

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Human infestation is rare, but results in kidney destruction, usually of one kidney and therefore not fatal

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Upon diagnosis through tissue sampling, the only treatment is surgical excision

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