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Ophthalmology. 2001 Jan;108(1):190-1.

Ocular injury from the venom of the Southern walkingstick.

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Department of Ophthalmology, Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas 77030, USA. epaysse@bcm.tmc.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To report a case of severe conjunctival and corneal epithelial defects resulting from exposure to the venom of the Southern walkingstick, Anisomorpha buprestoides.

DESIGN:

Case report.

INTERVENTION:

The patient was treated with cyclopentolate 1% and underwent daily examinations until the corneal and conjunctival epithelial defects resolved.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE:

Resolution of corneal and conjunctival epithelial defects.

RESULTS:

The corneal and conjunctival epithelial defects slowly resolved over 6 days. Visual acuity improved to 20/20 in the affected eye. No residual corneal scarring was evident.

CONCLUSIONS:

Slowly resolving corneal and conjunctival epithelial defects can occur from direct contact with the venom from the Southern walkingstick, A. buprestoides; therefore, this insect should be approached with caution.

PMID:
11150287
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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