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January 1966

Filarial Worm in Anterior Chamber of Eye in Man

Author Affiliations

San Francisco
From the George Williams Hooper Foundation and the Francis I. Proctor Foundation for Research in Ophthalmology, University of California San Francisco Medical Center.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1966;75(1):13-15. doi:10.1001/archopht.1966.00970050015004

There are few reports of intraocular filariasis in the literature. In two of four cases reported from India and Ceylon, the adult worm (Wuchereria bancrofti) was successfully recovered. Wright1 and Nayar and Pillai2 found a paramacular chorioretinal defect from which the worm had emerged. Nayar's case was followed over a four-week period as the worm changed from a larval to a juvenile form during its migration from the posterior vitreous to the anterior chamber. In two other cases, reported respectively by Chatterji3 and Fernando,4 adolescent worms were found in the anterior chamber, but the point of intraocular penetration was not discovered.

McMullen5 reported an anterior chamber larval form, and Sun6 recovered numerous microfilariae of W bancrofti from a case of acute iritis after anterior chamber paracentesis. In this latter case the microfilariae were seen only on biomicroscopic examination.

Mishra7 reported finding an intravitreal

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