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Indian J Med Microbiol. 2005 Jan;23(1):59-60.

Loa loa in the anterior chamber of the eye: a case report.

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Department of Microbiology, Gauhati Medical College, Narakasur Hill, Guwahati 781 032, Assam, India.


An unusual case of loiasis from Assam is reported here. Loa loa is a subcutaneous filarial parasite of man and is transmitted to humans by chrysops flies. The patient presented with foreign body sensation and visual disturbances of the right eye. Examination revealed a white coiled structure in the cornea. Routine blood and other investigations were within normal limits. A live adult worm was extracted and identity was confirmed by microscopy to be Loa loa. Patient was treated with diethylcarbamazine and steroid. We found this case interesting as the worm was present in the anterior chamber--an unusual site and there were no other positive findings besides the lone worm.

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