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June 1961

Giardiasis and Uveitis

Author Affiliations

Clinical Instructor in Ophthalmology, Attending Ophthalmologist Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary (Dr. Carroll); Assistant Professor, Medical College, University of Illinois (Dr. Anast); Professor of Medicine, Medical College (University of Illinois (Dr. Birch).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1961;65(6):775-778. doi:10.1001/archopht.1961.01840020777002

Giardiasis is caused by a protozoan flagellate, Giardia lamblia. Although Barraquer1 associated this organism with certain lesions of the eye in 1938, there have been few reports since that time. Braley and Hamilton2 in 1956 associated another protozoan, Entamoeba histolytica with macular lesions of the eye. A similar case was reported by us.9 In 1956 Krummel3 found unidentified amebae in 3 enucleated eyes. Still another protozoan, Toxoplasma gondii, is a well-known invader of the eye. Leishmania and trypanosomes, which are protozoans, are sometimes found in the eye. It was thought worthwhile to report this case, for the vision improved after specific treatment for giardiasis.

Report of Case  This 9-year-old white girl was a full-term baby but was not breast fed. She has been a healthy child requiring the services of a physician only twice in her life. When she was 5 years old she had a

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