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May 1962

Cysticercosis of the Eye: A Case of Plastic Iridocyclitis Due to Cysticercus Cyst in the Anterior Chamber

Author Affiliations

Vellore, India
Department of Ophthalmology, Christian Medical College and Schell Eye Hospital.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1962;67(5):562-563. doi:10.1001/archopht.1962.00960020562007

Except in certain highly endemic areas ocular infestation by Cysticercus cellulosae, the larva of pork tapeworm Taenia solium, which inhabits the small intestine of man, occurs so rarely as to be considered an ophthalmic curiosity. Its location in the anterior chamber of the eye is especially rare. To watch the heaving movements of the live Cysticercus cyst in the anterior chamber of the eye is fascinating.

This paper presents a case of plastic iridocyclitis due to a Cysticercus cyst in the anterior chamber of the eye.

Report of Case  A farm coolie, aged 27 years, first attended the Eye Hospital in October, 1960. The complaints were moderate pain and redness in the left eye and photophobia for 3 weeks and marked deterioration of vision for 2 weeks. Examination of left eye revealed that the lids were slightly edematous. Cornea presented generalized haziness with moderately severe circumcorneal congestion. Thick hypopyon was