Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 1490--1492

Rare cause of floaters: A motile live worm in vitreous cavity


Renu P Rajan, Soumya Jena, N Obuli Ramachandran, Piyush Kohli 
 Vitreo-Retinal Services, Aravind Eye Hospital and Post Graduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Piyush Kohli
Vitreo-Retinal Services, Aravind Eye Hospital and Post Graduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Madurai - 625 020, Tamil Nadu
India

Ocular filariasis commonly presents as subconjunctival or eyelid nodules. We report a rare case of a live, motile worm causing floaters. The worm was isolated from the vitreous cavity and revealed to be Dirofilaria repens. Correct recognition of the worm is necessary as human dirofilariasis does not present as microfilaremia and does not require systemic therapy; in contrast to other causes of ocular filariasis, which require systemic therapy. As ophthalmologist may be the first physician to encounter such patients, a high index of suspicion is required for timely and adequate management.


How to cite this article:
Rajan RP, Jena S, Ramachandran N O, Kohli P. Rare cause of floaters: A motile live worm in vitreous cavity.Indian J Ophthalmol 2019;67:1490-1492


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Rajan RP, Jena S, Ramachandran N O, Kohli P. Rare cause of floaters: A motile live worm in vitreous cavity. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Oct 22 ];67:1490-1492
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