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November 1962

Case Report of a Tongue Worm (Linguatula Serrata) in the Anterior Chamber

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1962;68(5):587-589. doi:10.1001/archopht.1962.00960030591004

Parasitic infestation as an etiology of uveitis was seldom considered in the temperate climate zone prior to 1950. This view had to be changed when Wilder,1 in the histological study of pseudoglioma, found nematode larva. Only recently Ashton,2 in England, reported 24 cases of uveitis secondary to toxocara proven by histological study. Although intraocular parasites are one of the leading causes of blindness in Africa, finding a worm in the eye in this country remains an ophthalmological curiosity. This case is presented to add another such unique case to the literature.

Report of Case  This 8-year-old Negro female was first seen by her ophthalmologist on April 11, 1961, with a history of having been hit in the right eye with a ball approximately 4 days previously. Following the injury, the patient developed pain, redness, and blurred vision of the affected eye. On first observation, the vision was reduced

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