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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 45-47

Live Wuchereria bancrofti in anterior chamber of the eye: A case report

1 Department of Ophthalmology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Microbiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Gautam Sinha
Room No. 376, RP Center, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - 110 029
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DOI: 10.4103/1119-0388.152696

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We are reporting a case of live filarial worm in the anterior chamber (AC), with in toto removal for microbiological evaluation without damaging the ocular structures. A 34-year-old male presented with sudden-onset redness in the left eye for 4 days, associated with irritation and photophobia. On examination, his best corrected visual acuity was 6/6, with circumcorneal congestion. Slit-lamp examination of the AC showed cells and flare, along with a long translucent thin motile worm, with wriggling movement. Iris showed a thin, irregular, white atrophic patch nasally through which the worm had entered the AC. The worm was isolated surgically from AC in toto with the forceps, assisted by intracameral pilocarpine and viscoelastics. Microbiological examination of the worm by a parasitologist was suggestive of a growing adult male Wuchereria bancrofti.

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