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Ocular loiasis in London 2008-2009: a case series.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21242984     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To report three cases of Loa loa infestation presenting over the course of 12 months to ophthalmology departments in the South West Thames region around London.
METHODS: Case series (three case histories are described) and literature review.
RESULTS: All three patients had a history of travel to West Africa. All had worms surgically removed and were referred to an infectious diseases hospital, where these were confirmed as adult Loa loa nematodes and treatment was initiated.
CONCLUSIONS: Although ocular loiasis is endemic in West Africa, European ophthalmologists in areas of diverse ethnicity should be aware that it is presenting increasingly frequently, that there is often no history of recent travel abroad, and that loiasis is a differential diagnosis for any 'at-risk' patient with an unexplained foreign body sensation.
G S Bowler; A N Shah; L A Bye; M Saldana
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review     Date:  2011-01-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Eye (London, England)     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1476-5454     ISO Abbreviation:  Eye (Lond)     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-10     Completed Date:  2011-08-18     Revised Date:  2014-07-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8703986     Medline TA:  Eye (Lond)     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  389-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Conjunctiva / parasitology,  surgery
Eye Infections, Parasitic / diagnosis,  parasitology*,  surgery
Loa / isolation & purification
Loiasis / diagnosis,  parasitology*,  surgery
Treatment Outcome
Young Adult

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