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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 293-296

Ocular dirofilariasis in bosnia and herzegovina: A case report and review of the literature

1 Department of Ophthalmology, University Clinical Centre Tuzla, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
2 Institute of Microbiology, Polyclinic for Laboratory Diagnostics, University Clinical Centre Tuzla, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Correspondence Address:
Jasmin Zvornicanin
Department of Ophthalmology, University Clinical Centre Tuzla, Trnovac bb, Tuzla 75000
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JOCO.JOCO_143_20

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Purpose: To report a rare occurrence of ocular dirofilariasis in Bosnia and Herzegovina and provide a short overview on clinical characteristics and treatment options for ocular dirofilariasis. Methods: A 75-year-old woman was admitted to the University Clinical Centre Tuzla with pain and redness in her left eye. A live, white, coiled, and active worm was noticed in subconjunctival space of bulbar conjunctiva. Results: After successful surgical extraction, the parasite was identified as the adult form of Dirofilaria repens. There were no signs of intraocular or systemic inflammation. Conclusion: Ophthalmologists should have in mind a possible infestation, especially in cases with repeated inflammatory reactions and swelling of the ocular region, which does not respond to conventional therapy.

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