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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 549-550

Two case reports of ophthalmomyiasis externa caused by Oestris Ovis larvae

1 Department of Ophthalmology, Fortis Hospital, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Super Religare Laboratories Ltd, Fortis Hospital, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Department of Internal Medicine, Fortis Hospital, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Ravneet Kaur
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.105162

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Myiasis is the infestation of the body by the larval forms (maggots) of dipterous flies. Ophthalmomyiasis or ocular myiasis refers to the inflammations that involve the eye and ocular adnexa. This may be external, internal, or orbital. Less than 5% of human myiasis cases involve eye. Ophthalmomyiasis varies in severity, ranging from simple irritation to complete destruction of the orbit. The condition is often misdiagnosed as an acute conjunctivitis. Globally, so far, most cases have been reported from rural areas. Here, we present 2 case reports. Both patients belonged to an urban area. The larvae were successfully removed, and both cases are being followed. These cases show that this infection is probably more common in urban areas than reported.

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