Bulbar chemosis, alone or with other symptoms, is not generally considered to be a symptom of trichinosis. Osler1 considers edema of the eyelids a characteristic symptom but does not call attention to bulbar chemosis in this disease. Foster Moore2 makes no mention of it, and it is not described in standard ophthalmologic textbooks.3 There are, however, several references to this symptom in the ophthalmic literature and also in the general medical journals. Parker4 in 1907 reported six cases, four of which presented lid and conjunctival edema as the chief complaint. Carter5 in 1930 reported three cases and called particular attention to bulbar chemosis as a prominent symptom. Stoll6 in 1929 presented two cases in both of which chemosis was the chief complaint. Hickling,7 Thomas and Cooper8 and Key9 have also made mention of this symptom.
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