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BMC Ophthalmol. 2017 Oct 5;17(1):185. doi: 10.1186/s12886-017-0581-5.

Subretinal echinococcosis: a case report.

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1
Department of Ophthalmology, Peking University First Hospital, Key Laboratory of Vision Loss and Restoration, Ministry of Education, No. 8 Xi Shi Ku Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, 100034, China.
2
Department of Radiology, Peking University First Hospital, Beijing, 100034, China.
3
Department of Ophthalmology, Peking University First Hospital, Key Laboratory of Vision Loss and Restoration, Ministry of Education, No. 8 Xi Shi Ku Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, 100034, China. lucy02114@163.com.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Echinococcosis is a dangerous zoonotic parasitic disease. Ocular echinococcosis is very rare, especially the hydatid cysts in subretinal space. We present a case of subretinal echinococcosis and management.

CASE PRESENTATION:

A 37-year-old man with subretinal echinococcosis who developed panuveitis and visual impairment. The patient lives on agriculture and animal husbandry, which made him susceptible to parasitic infection. He had severe panuveitis and blurred vision on arrival at hospital. According to his ocular examination and systemic review, the subretinal echinococcosis diagnosis was made. The patient received pars plana lensectomy and pars plana vitrectomy. The lesion underneath his retina was removed, and histopathology examination confirmed the subretinal echinococcosis diagnosis.

CONCLUSIONS:

Echinococcosis is a dangerous zoonotic parasitic disease in pastoral areas. Ocular echinococcosis is usually secondary to systemic infection. Although the incidence is rare, the disease could lead to destructive visual function impairment.

KEYWORDS:

Echinococcosis; Panuveitis; Parasitic disease; Vitrectomy

PMID:
28982354
PMCID:
PMC5629765
DOI:
10.1186/s12886-017-0581-5
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