Images in clinical medicine | Volume 38, Article 322, 01 Apr 2021 | 10.11604/pamj.2021.38.322.29033

Orf (ecthyma contagiosum)

Konstantina Mavridou, Maria Bakola

Corresponding author: Maria Bakola, Derviziana Primary Health Centre, Ioannina, Greece

Received: 25 Mar 2021 - Accepted: 31 Mar 2021 - Published: 01 Apr 2021

Domain: Dermatology,Family Medicine,Public health

Keywords: Orf, ecthyma contagiosum, parapox Virus

©Konstantina Mavridou et al. Pan African Medical Journal (ISSN: 1937-8688). This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Cite this article: Konstantina Mavridou et al. Orf (ecthyma contagiosum). Pan African Medical Journal. 2021;38:322. [doi: 10.11604/pamj.2021.38.322.29033]

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Orf (ecthyma contagiosum)

Orf (ecthyma contagiosum)

Konstantina Mavridou1, Maria Bakola2,&

 

1Department of Skin and Venereal Diseases, University of Ioannina, University Hospital of Ioannina, Ioannina, 45110, Greece, 2Derviziana Primary Health Center, Ioannina, Greece

 

 

&Corresponding author
Maria Bakola, Derviziana Primary Health Centre, Ioannina, Greece

 

 

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Orf, also known as ecthyma contagiosum, is a parapox virus infection endemic among sheep and goats that can be transmitted to humans particularly to farmers, sheepherders, butchers and veterinarians. Although its a self-limiting infection, complications may be seen such as ocular involvement, erythema multiforme, extensive lesions in patients with atopic dermatitis and secondary bacterial infection. A 29-year-old man with no past medical history, presented to his primary care physician with a well-circumscribed, non-pulsating growth at the proximal phalanx of his right thumb. A careful history revealed that this lesion had appeared three days ago as a red nonhealing papule. The patient reported no history of fevers, pain or itching at the site. He mentioned exposure to sheep and goats since he was a shepherd. On examination the lesion size was approximately 1.5 cm in diameter and appeared as a nodule with a red centre surrounded successively with a white ring and then a red halo resembling as a target lesion. No other lesions and no lymphadenopathy were noted. Blood samples were normal and showed no signs of infection. The clinical observations and medical history were compatible with the virus infection Orf. The patient was seen at weekly intervals. The lesion was managed conservatively and no specific therapy was undertaken other than topical disinfectants. After four weeks the lesion had completely healed without a scar.



Figure 1: orf (ecthyma contagiosum)

 

 

 

 

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