LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 1988 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 148
A V Madangopal
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Madangopal A V. Letter. Indian J Ophthalmol 1988;36:148
I was interested to read the case report of Drs. V.P. Gupta and Mrs. Usha K. Baveja in the last issue of the Journal (Vol. 36-No.1 - P. 41-42) about Conjunctival infestation by Larva of Oestrus Ovis.
I feel that this is a more common condition than is realised.
The first report in our country by Balakrishnan, Abraham, Naimuddin and Doraiswamy (1963) was from Madras. I reported two cases (1970), and Dr. D.B. Chandra- one case (1981).
But later I and my colleagues Dr. P. L. Rudrakar and V. Agrawal found at least 10 cases between us in our respective clinics (Personal communication).
Redmond Smith (1951) states that m„n being an accidental and unnatural nest, the larvae die in the Conjunctiva within 10 days. It is also said that unlike infestation with larvae of other Diptra this undergoes a fairly mild clinical course. This being a mild self limiting clinical condition it is likely that we are missing many of these cases and take them of mild unilateral conjunctivitis (Almost all cases reported in literature are unilateral due to an unknown irritant or washed away - foreign body. It is only with careful examination of every one of these cases with a lox Loupe or slit lamp, one can find these very tiny specks in the conjunctiva wriggling and moving about. They can be easily picked out and examined under a microscope to reveal their typical morphology.
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|1.||Balkrishna, Abraham, and Naimuddin Brit. J. Opthal. 47, 200. 1963 |
|2.||Chandra B.B. and Agrawal, J.N.-Ind.J. Ophthal. Vol. 29-3-199. 1981 |
|3.||Madangopal, A.V. Proc. All India Ophthal. Sec. XXXI-88, 1970. |
|4.||Redmond Smith. Brit. J. Ophthal. - 35, 242. 1951. |