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Year : 1966  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 227-228

Subconjunctival cysticercosis - report of a case

Department of Pathology & Bacteriology, Medical College, Nagpur, India

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Patoria N K, Junnarkar R V. Subconjunctival cysticercosis - report of a case. Indian J Ophthalmol 1966;14:227-8

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Larval encystment of Tenia Solium as tissue infestation is termed cysticer­cosis. Man is the definitive host of this worm though at times his tissues may become sites for this encystment. These cysts may remain symptomless or may manifest in many puzzling ways depending on the anatomical site. The common sites are the brain, subcutaneous tissue and the muscles. Majority of the reported cases are cerebral. [Gault and Balsubramanh­yam (1948), Greenspan and Stevens (1961), Reddy (1951), Sainani and Saoji (1964)]. Conjunctiva is an un­common site and this case which pre­sented as a sub-conjunctival solitary cyst is reported from this point of view.

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Pramila, a Hindu female, aged 18 years, a vegetarian, complained of a painless small nodule on the medial side of the right eye ball of six months duration. The excised specimen con­sisted of an oval cyst 1 c.m. x ½ c.m. in size. Cut section showed clear fluid enclosing a whitish mass to the cyst wall. Histological section showed it to be cysticercus cellulose [Figure - 1]. The cyst was surrounded by a reaction of plasma cells, lymphocytes and few eosinophils.

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Cysticercus cellulose may be en­countered as a subconjunctival cyst in ophthalmic practice. In this case it was not suspected clinically. The cyst usually does not invite any complaints except for mechanical visual disturb­ance and may go unrecognised unless a histopathological examination is made.

This case is a strict vegetarian and the infestation seems to have occured through either contaminated vegetables or water with the ova of Tenia So­lium-Faust and Russel (1957). Cases of cysticercosis in subcutaneous tissue and muscle in vegetarians have been included in a recent article by Vakil and Sirsat (1965). Human cysticercosis due to Tienia Saginata is an extre­mely rare condition. -- Chatterjee (1952).

Clinically a diagnosis of cysticer­cosis should always be kept in mind for a silent solitary subconjunctival cyst.

  Summary Top

A case of subconjunctival cysticer­cosis is reported in a vegetarian.[7]

  References Top

Chatterjee. K. D. (1952): Human Para­sites and parasitic diseases, page 657, K. D. Chatterjee, Calcutta. India.  Back to cited text no. 1
Faust, E. C. and Russel, P. F. (1957): Clinical Parasitology, page 642, 6th Edi­tion, Lea and Febiger.  Back to cited text no. 2
Gault. E. W. and Balsubramanhyam, M. (1948): J. Path. Bact., 60, 505-506.  Back to cited text no. 3
Greenspan. G. and Stevens, L. (1961): New Eng. J. Med. 264, 751-754.  Back to cited text no. 4
Reddy, D. J. (1951): Ind. Med. Gaz., 86. 14-15.  Back to cited text no. 5
Sainani, G. S. and Saoji, M. H. (1964): Ind. J. Med. Sc., 18. 330-333.  Back to cited text no. 6
Vakil, V. V. and Sirsat. M. V. (1965): Ind. J. Med. Se.. 19, 668-669.  Back to cited text no. 7


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