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CASE REPORT: PARASITOLOGY
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 81-83

Lid abscess with periorbital cellulitis caused by Dirofilaria repens


1 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, Thrissur, Kerala, India
2 Department of Microbiology, Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, Thrissur, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
A R Vinayakumar
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, Thrissur, Kerala
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-1282.124596

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Dirofilaria is a common parasite of domestic and wild animals. Man gets infected accidentally by inoculation of arthropods infected with the microfilariae during their blood meal. Human infection with Dirofilaria repens results in coin lesions in the lungs, subcutaneous mass anywhere in the body or ocular lesion that may be sub-conjunctival or periorbital. Human dirofilariasis is prevalent in several regions of the world and is on the rise in many parts of India, particularly in Kerala. We hereby report a case of ocular dirofilariasis that presented as lid abscess with periorbital cellulitis.


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