IMR Press / EJGO / Volume 41 / Issue 4 / DOI: 10.31083/j.ejgo.2020.04.3687
Open Access Original Research
Demodex folliculorum mite infestation in gynecological cancers: A case control study
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1 Private Practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kahramanmaraş, Turkey
2 Cukurova University School of Medicine, Department of Obstetric and Gynecology, Adana Turkey
3 Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam University School of Medicine, Department of Obstetric and Gynecology, Kahramanmaras, Turkey
4 Adiyaman University School of Medicine, Department of Parasitology, Adiyaman, Turkey
Eur. J. Gynaecol. Oncol. 2020, 41(4), 583–586;
Submitted: 19 February 2016 | Accepted: 13 April 2016 | Published: 15 August 2020

Objective: To determine the frequency of Demodex (D.) folliculorum infestation in patients with gynecological cancer. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted between January 2015 and May 2015. Eighty-seven patients with gynecologic cancer and ninety control subjects were included and the patients characterics were recorded. Demodex was detected by standardized skin surface biopsy for skin lesions. Results: No statistically significant difference was found between the groups in terms of age, diabetes mellitus, body mass index (BMI), hypertension, and the use of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. D. folliculorum infestation was increased in the patient group (47.1%) when compared to the control group (8.9%) (p < 0.001). The frequency of D. folliculorum was higher in the cancer groups and particularly in ovarian cancer (58.7%). Conclusions: Patients with gynecological cancers are at risk for D. folliculorum mite infestation and this is explained by the immunosuppressed condition of the patients due to the cancer.

Gynecological cancer
Demodex folliculorum
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