J Korean Ophthalmol Soc > Volume 59(9); 2018 > Article
Journal of the Korean Ophthalmological Society 2018;59(9):867-870.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3341/jkos.2018.59.9.867    Published online September 15, 2018.
A Case of Twice Recurring Ocular Thelaziasis from Thelazia callipaeda.
Bon Hyeok Gu, Dong Eun Oh
Department of Ophthalmology, Veterans Health Service Medical Center, Seoul, Korea. ezer75@hanmail.net
두 차례 재발생한 동양안충의 인체감염 1예
구본혁⋅오동은
한국보훈복지의료공단 중앙보훈병원 안과
Correspondence:  Dong Eun Oh,
Email: ezer75@hanmail.net
Received: 12 April 2018   • Revised: 6 June 2018   • Accepted: 28 August 2018
Abstract
PURPOSE
We report a case of recurrent ocular thelaziasis by Thelazia callipaeda. CASE SUMMARY: A 71-year-old male visited the ophthalmic clinic, complaining of itching, a foreign body sensation, and irritation in the right eye. He was previously diagnosed with Thelazia callipaeda infection, 3 months prior, at another hospital. A parasite, shaped like a thin small thread, was found in the conjunctival sac of his right eye, with active movement. The parasite was identified as Thelazia callipaeda by pathology. Four months after removal of the parasite, symptoms relapsed in the same eye. Two parasites were rediscovered and removed. Since then, no additional specific sign related to the parasite has been noted in follow- up examinations. CONCLUSIONS: Due to frequent recurrence of infections caused by the short life cycle of the parasite, monthly follow-up examinations are required for at least 1 year after discovery of the parasite.
Key Words: Parasite;Recurrence;Thelazia callipaeda;Thelaziasis


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