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BRIEF COMMUNICATION
Year : 2008  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 325-326

Ocular dirofilariasis in Dubai, UAE


1 Department of Ophthalmology, Welcare Ambulatory Care Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2 Department of Ophthalmology, Welcare Hospital, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
3 Department of Ophthalmology, Welcare Eye Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Correspondence Address:
Prashant G Bhatia
Department of Ophthalmology, Welcare Hospital, P.O. Box 31500, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.41417

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A rare occurrence of ocular subconjunctival dirofilariasis in a 53-year-old healthy Indian male working in Dubai, UAE presenting with an acute red eye is reported. Surgical excision under topical anesthesia was carried out uneventfully in the outpatient clinic. The live worm removed from the subconjunctival space was identified as Dirofilaria repens on the basis of microscopic examination and histopathology. Surgical excision of subconjunctival dirofilariasis is safe in an outpatient setting and curative precluding the need for further systemic antihelminthics.


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