Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2012  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 42--43

Orbital dirofilariasis


Bipasha Mukherjee1, Jyotirmay Biswas2, Meghana Anika Varde3, Veena Noronha4 
1 Department of Orbit, Oculoplasty, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Sevices, Medical Research Foundation, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, India
2 Department of Uvea and Ophthalmic Pathology (2), Medical Research Foundation, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, India
3 Department of Oculoplasty, Klinikum Nordstadt, Hannover, Germany
4 Department of Radiology, VRR Scan, Chennai, India

Correspondence Address:
Bipasha Mukherjee
Medical Research Foundation, Sankara Nethralaya, 18, College Road, Chennai -600 006
India

Dirofilariasis is a zoonotic infestation with nematodes of the Dirofilaria species. Apart from pulmonary and cardiovascular manifestations; periocular, intraocular as well as orbital involvement have been described. Natural hosts to these parasites are domestic and wild carnivores like dogs, raccoons, foxes, and so on. Transmission occurs through a vector, namely Culex, Aedes or Anopheles mosquitoes. Humans can be accidental hosts and represent a dead end for the lifecycle of the worm. We present the case of a 61-year-old male patient in Tamil Nadu, India, presenting with orbital dirofilariasis, whose computerized tomography characteristics mimicked lymphoproliferative disease.


How to cite this article:
Mukherjee B, Biswas J, Varde MA, Noronha V. Orbital dirofilariasis.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2012;5:42-43


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Mukherjee B, Biswas J, Varde MA, Noronha V. Orbital dirofilariasis. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2012 [cited 2020 Mar 29 ];5:42-43
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