Encyclopedia of Parasitology

Living Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn


  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_3524-1


Greek: xeros = dry; derma = skin. This symptom of skin disease is characterized by formation of a dry, horny, scaly skin. Besides mild forms of ichthyosis, this clinical picture (xerodermia) can also be introduced by wandering larvae 1 of the filarial worm Onchocerca volvulus, which is the agent of onchocercosis, onchocerciasis (River Blindness).


Clinical Picture Skin Disease Mild Form Filarial Worm River Blindness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany