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November 1958

Intravitreal Parasite

Author Affiliations

Balbhadrapur, India

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1958;60(5):945-946. doi:10.1001/archopht.1958.00940080965015

The literature shows few authentic reports of intraocular parasites and still fewer reports of intravitreal parasites. In his textbook Duke-Elder1 reviews as cases of intraocular parasites the reports of Wright, Fernando, Tawara, and Wilson. As cases of intravitreal parasites he gives the reports of Spanner, Nayar and Pillai, and Barrada. In 1945 Sen and Ghose2 reported a case of ocular gnathostomiasis.

In this report the parasite has been provisionally labeled as an adult filaria (Wuchereria bancrofti). This has been done in view of the widespread infection of W. bancrofti locally and the morphological similarity of the reported parasite with the W. bancrofti. The only positive clinical finding, however, is a recurrent scrotal inflammation.

Report of Case  The patient, a 21-year-old Hindu man, stated that on the morning of April 3, 1957, he noticed what seemed to be a small rod protruding before his right eye. He took a

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