Eye lesion caused by adult Brugia Malayi: a first case reported in a child from Malaysia

Rohela, M. and Jamaiah, I. and Yaw, C.C. (2006) Eye lesion caused by adult Brugia Malayi: a first case reported in a child from Malaysia. Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, 37 (4). pp. 652-655. ISSN 01251562, DOI 17121289.

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We are reporting a case of an eye lesion caused by an adult Brugia malayi. The patient was a 3-year-old Chinese boy from Kemaman District, Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia. He presented with a one week history of redness and palpebral swelling of his right eye. He claimed that he could see a worm in his right eye beneath the conjunctiva. He had no history of traveling overseas and the family kept dogs at home. He was referred from Kemaman Hospital to the eye clinic of Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan, Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia. On examination by the ophthalmologist, he was found to have a subconjunctival worm in his right eye. Full blood count revealed eosinophilia (10). Four worm fragments, each about 1cm long were removed from his right eye under general anesthesia. A thick blood smear stained with Giemsa was positive for microfilariae of Brugia malayi. A Brugia Rapid test done was positive. He was treated with diethylcarbamazine.

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Additional Information: Cited By (since 1996): 1 Export Date: 15 October 2012 Source: Scopus PubMed ID: 17121289 Language of Original Document: English Correspondence Address: Rohela, M.; Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; email: rohela@ummc.edu.my Chemicals/CAS: diethylcarbamazine, 1642-54-2, 1851-24-7, 90-89-1; Diethylcarbamazine, 90-89-1 References: Anandakannan, K., Gupta, C.P., Microfilaria malayi in uveitis: Case report (1977) Br J Ophthalmol, 61, pp. 263-264; Dissanaike, A.S., Quah, C.H., Then, S.M., Mature female filarial, probably Brugia sp from the conjunctiva of man in West Malaysia (1974) Am J Trop Med Hyg, 23, pp. 1023-1026; Dissanaike, A.S., Ramalingam, S., Fong, A., Pathmayokan, S., Thomas, V., Kan, S.P., Filaria in the vitreous of the eye of man in peninsular Malaysia (1977) Am J Trop Med Hyg, 26, pp. 1143-1147; Mak, J.-W., Singh, D., Sukoaryono, J., Sivanandam, S., Brugia malayi infection of the human eye: A case report (1974) Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health, 5, pp. 226-229; Mak, J.-W., Sivanandam, S., Experimental attempts to induce ocular infection in cats with subperiodic brugia malayi (1976) Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health, 7, pp. 21-29; Karam, M., Ottesen, E., The control of lymphatic filariasis (2000) Med Trop, 60, pp. 291-296; Nutman, T.B., Weller, P.E., Filariasis and related infections (loiasis, onchocerciasis, and dracunculiasis) (1998) Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, Vol 1. International Edition, 14th Ed., p. 1212. , USA: McGraw-Hill; Rose, L., Filarial worm in anterior chamber of eye in man (1966) Arch Ophthal, 75, p. 13; Schmidt, G.D., Roberts', L.S., Nematodes: Filaroidea, the filarial worms (2000) Foundations of Parasitology. 6th Ed., pp. 447-452. , Singapore: McGraw-Hill; Tsieh, S., Bancroftian filariasis and Brugian filariasis (1988) Color Atlas and Textbook of Diagnostic Parasitology, pp. 195-199. , New York: Igaku-Shoin
Uncontrolled Keywords: Diethylcarbamazine animal article Brugia malayi case report eye eye surgery filariasis human Malaysia male parasitology pathology preschool child Animals Child, Preschool Humans Ophthalmologic Surgical Procedures
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Miss Malisa Diana
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2012 04:08
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2012 04:08
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/4153

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