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BRIEF COMMUNICATION
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 822-824

Human ocular Thelaziasis in Karnataka


1 Department of Ophthalmology, J.S.S., Medical College and Hospital, JSS University, Mysore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Microbiology, J.S.S., Medical College and Hospital, JSS University, Mysore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Prabhakar S Krishnachary
57, 8th cross, 4th main, Vinayaka Nagar, Mysore - 570 012, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.138183

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Thelaziasis is an Arthropod-born disease of the eye and adnexa caused by Thelazia callipaeda, a nematode parasite transmitted by drosophilid flies to carnivores and humans. Because of its distribution mainly confined to South Asian countries and Russia, it is commonly known as Oriental Eye worm. It is often under-reported and not been given its due clinical importance. We report first case of human Thelaziasis from Hassan District, Karnataka. Five creamy-white, translucent worms were removed from the conjunctival sac of a 74-year-old male patient. Based on morphological characters, the worms were identified as nematodes belonging to the genus Thelazia and speciation was confirmed by CDC, Atlanta as callipaeda. Rarity of the disease and its ability to cause both extra and intraocular manifestations leading to ocular morbidity is the reason for presenting this case. From the available data, this is the first case report from Karnataka, India.


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