Worm in the Eye! Creepy Crawly Removed in Odd Case

Jan 15, 2016

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by Cari Nierenberg

A man in India can see clearly once again now that surgeons have removed a “fairly long live worm” that had crawled deep inside his left eye, a new case report says.

The slender worm, which was later identified as a parasitic species known as Loa loa, can be transmitted to people by the bites of mangrove flies, which carry the larvae of the worms. This leads to an infection called loiasis.

The 25-year-old man’s job may have made him more vulnerable to getting bitten by an infected fly, doctors said.
A man in India can see clearly once again now that surgeons have removed a “fairly long live worm” that had crawled deep inside his left eye, a new case report says.

The slender worm, which was later identified as a parasitic species known as Loa loa, can be transmitted to people by the bites of mangrove flies, which carry the larvae of the worms. This leads to an infection called loiasis.

The 25-year-old man’s job may have made him more vulnerable to getting bitten by an infected fly, doctors said.
“His occupation as a fruit vendor may have increased his risk for infection, as fruit flies may carry the parasite,” said Dr. Bhagabat Nayak, an ophthalmologist and eye surgeon at the Dr. R.P. Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences in New Delhi, India. Nayak co-authored the case report, which was published online Jan. 8 in the journal BMJ Case Reports.

Additionally, the case also occurred in August 2014, which is the rainy season, when the flies that can transmit the parasite may breed, Nayak said. The flies that transmit the parasite to people are more commonly found in tropical regions and the rain forests in West and Central Africa, as compared to India, he said.

When he went to the eye doctor, the man’s eye was painful and red. He was seeing “floaters,” which are small specks, threads or clouds that move in a person’s field of vision, and he had reduced vision in his left eye over a two-week period.

The man said he felt like there was a shadow in his left eye and that something was moving inside it, blurring his vision, Nayak said. [7 Absolutely Horrible Head Infections]

An eye exam confirmed that something visible was indeed wriggling around in the man’s eye, and it was clearly a live worm.

The case report described the critter as “a fairly long live worm moving around in a haphazard and relentless manner throughout the vitreous cavity,” which is located toward the back of the eye, behind the lens and in front of retina.


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14 comments on “Worm in the Eye! Creepy Crawly Removed in Odd Case

  • God’s a nice bloke, and he only invents and makes nice things. All the bad things in the world are due to humankind’s wickedness, and God gets pissed off when we’re naughty and makes something nasty to get back at us.



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  • Animal Planet show > ‘Monsters Inside Me’ (single entendre) >

    A docudrama concerning tiny critters. Promising premise, but unfortunately 90% sawdust filler. Segment featuring Loa loa, concerned a patient becoming host to one of these worms, that reside in brain and eyes.

    @OP – how was it, that particular worm travelling to the back of eye. Accident, adaption, bad Siri directions?



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  • As one of gods punishment tools for gays and non-believers, a privileged position in creation I should think. Whatever Loa Loa wants, Loa Loa gets πŸ™‚



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  • “la-la-la-la loa loa”.

    How the hell I would be able be talk to you without google I don’t know know bonnie! πŸ™‚ Phil, hurry up with that invention to hook it into my brain please!!!



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  • If God is making and causing all the good stuff then by that “logic” someone must be making and doing all the bad stuff, right? Who would that be then? Satan is behind all the bad stuff, of course!

    Jeeze people, can we respect the rules of logic please?! πŸ˜‰



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  • The web is indeed our neo-neocortex.

    After the implant, how stupid we’ll be on update Tuesday.

    This is the day for the next peasant uprising.

    Bagsy the film rights!

    (Incidentally, already in the US the poor cannot afford the IQ upgrade available to the rich.)



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  • Satan suggests the bad behaviour, we choose to do it, then God gets angry, and in a hissey fit, he creates something nasty. Abusive partners who use their fists or tongues to wound the person who loves them, say that it’s not their fault; they were provoked.

    God seems to think in much the same way. Muslim preachers in Indonesia were saying that the sunami was the result of God’s anger at people who held a beach party with alcohol and girls present. He’s prone to anger, and he doesn’t have much sense of proportion.



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