First report of ophthalmomyaisis externa in Pakistan

Department of Ophthalmology, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan.
Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association (Impact Factor: 0.41). 03/2006; 56(2):86-7.
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Two individuals presented to the Aga Khan University Opthalmology service with foreign-body sensation, pain and redness in one of their eyes. Slit-lamp biomicroscopy revealed tiny larvae crawling around the conjunctival sac. They were mechanically removed under topical anaesthesia and preserved for light microscopy and photography. Comprehensive liaison was established with the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research for identification of these larvae. Their morphology characterized them as members of fruit-fly, Oestridae family. At least one of them was positively identified as first instar larva of Oestrus ovis. This report describes the first instance of such infections in Southern Pakistan, as concluded after a Medline search.

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