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Child having worm shaped growth spreading in the legs. Started as a lump. Cure?

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My 4 year old daughter has 4 small worm shaped growths in her legs. It started off as one larger lump. After massaging it and some herbal remedies it seemed to go away. Then it returned and seems to have spread to spots in both of her legs. They are not painful, but I am concerned...could it be a parasite or a growth?
Posted Thu, 26 Apr 2012 in Child Health
 
 
Answered by Dr. Raju A.T 13 hours later
Hi XXXXXXX ,

Welcome to XXXXXXX forum.

Thanks for your query.

I would be able to provide a better answer on your query, if your can provide some additional details like :

1) Time of onset and duration of the problem ,

2) Color of the skin over the lesions,

3) Any associated symptoms such as itching , scaling , redness, tenderness etc?

4) Approximate size lesion ( comparitive),

5) History of any other illnesses,

6) details into the herbal remedies she was given.

A picture of the lesion can be also be very useful in understanding the nature of the problem. Can you send me a close up photo copy of the affected region? You may scan the picture and send it to YYYY@YYYY

Awaiting your reply.


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Follow-up: Child having worm shaped growth spreading in the legs. Started as a lump. Cure? 17 hours later
1) Time of onset and duration of the problem ,

I first noticed the lump om her knee about a year ago. She said it was not painful or itching, i thought maybe she had fallen and caused a knot to form. After a few weeks it did not go away. I then noticed a very small vein/worm shaped something on the same leg under her knee. I then took her to an herbalist because the thing looked like a worm to me. The herbalist agreed and told me to take her to get her tested for parasites. At the time i did not have health insurance and I was not able to get the test done, so I administered the herbal remedies a tea made of wormwood, fennel, licorice root, cloves and ginger. She drank it for three weeks and i did daily massages with an oil i made by soaking the herbs in olive and almond oil and then one day she began to get feverish and had diarrhea. A few days after that her fever went away and the lump got substantially smaller. It was not all the way gone and we ran out of herbs and I didn't have the money to get her any right away. Plus the herbalist told us to take a break anyway because those herbs were strong for a three year old. So we took a break longer than we should three months had passed and the lump never returned but the worm shapes started popping up in other spots in her leg. At this time, we had gotten medical which is state issued health insurance in California and I took her to a doctor. He looked at the lesions and said that they were some type of growth. I told him about the parasite possibility and he completely ignored that but he hasn't tested for either, growths or worms.

2) Color of the skin over the lesions,

There is no real color sometimes they look alittle red

3) Any associated symptoms such as itching , scaling , redness, tenderness etc?

there is no itching, scaling, redness or tenderness However the first time she started taking the herbs she did get a rash around the area with the lesion but that went away.

4) Approximate size lesion ( comparitive), one on her knee is one inch, on her leg 3 inches on her calf 2 inches and back of her upper thigh 2 inches

5) History of any other illnesses,
no history of illness

6) details into the herbal remedies she was given.

included in question 1

I will send a photo
 
 
Answered by Dr. Raju A.T 21 hours later
Hi XXXXXXX,


Thanks for the Information provided, I have gone through the pictures too.

The history and the images given make me suspicious of vascular problem ,either it could be temporary increased tortuousity of the veins or due to extravasation( oozing out of blood from the blood vessel ) of the blood.

The blood leak could be due to faulty hemostasis ( mechanism which retains the blood in the vessels ) .Its typical where they disappear after massaging the lesion also that they are not associated with itching or pain.

I would advice you to get some tests like PT. APTT , INR and Platelet count (which are basic blood tests )
which can give insight into the problem and the exact reason for the same.

Also ruling out the fungal or parasitic cause can be considered reasonable.
Get her stool tested for cysts specially Taenia solium and Trichinella species ,
which can present which such lesions and a skin biopsy test to rule out fungal
etiology.

Hope I have answered your queries. If you have any follow up queries I will be
available to answer them

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Take care

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