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Original Article
Korean J Parasitol. 1989 Mar;27(1):67-69. English.
Published online Mar 20, 1994.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3347/kjp.1989.27.1.67
Copyright © 1989 by The Korean Society for Parasitology
A human case of tick bite by Ixodes nipponensis on the scalp
S H Lee,J Y Chai,W G Kho,S J Hong,* and Y D Chung**
Department of Parasitology, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul 110-460, Korea.
Department of Parasitology*, College of Medicine, Kyeong-Sang National University, Chinju 660-280, Korea.
Department of Plastic Surgery**, Seoul Paik Hospital, Inje Universtity, Seoul 110-032, Korea.

A human case of tick bite on the scalp was found at a local hospital on June, 1984. The patient, 63-year old female, was attacked by a tick while working in a farm forest which located in the suburbs of Seoul. The clinical complaint was a (worm) mass on the scalp which she thought as a tumor. On admission the patient complained of facial edema and general malaise. After removal of the mass (tick), small bleeding and discoloration were observed around the biting site. The tick was morphologically examined and identified as Ixodes nipponensis. This is the 4th human case of tick bite reported in the literature of Korea.


Fig. 1
The wound of the tick bite (arrows), showing hemorrhage and skin discoloration

Fig. 2
Views from various directions of the tick, Ixodes nipponensis, after removal from the scalp. (a) dorsal view (scal: 1 cm), (b) ventral view, (c) upper oblique view, (d) a close-up view from the top, showing the hypostome and capitulum (scale:0.12 cm).

Fig. 3
A schematic drawing of the coxae of the tick showing the external (small arrow) and internal spurs (large arrow) of the 1st coxa (I), the latter of which is longer and srtonger than the former. The tip of the internal spur does not overlay the 2nd coxa (II), which is a characteristic feature for I. nipponensis.

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