Periorbital mass with cellulitis caused by dirofilaria

Joseph, K.; Vinayakumar, A. R.; Criton, S.; Vishnu, M. S.; Pariyaram, S. E.
October 2011
Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology;Oct2011, Vol. 29 Issue 4, p431
Academic Journal
Dirofilariasis is a zoonotic disease caused by Dirofilaria, a parasite of domestic and wild animals. The disease is transmitted by inoculation of mosquitoes infected with the microfilariae during their blood meal. Accidental infection of man results in lung nodule, subcutaneous mass anywhere in the body or ocular lesion that may be subconjunctival or periorbital. The incidence of ocular dirofilariasis is on the rise in several parts of India particularly in Kerala. Here we report a case of ocular dirofilariasis with cellulitis presenting as a periorbital mass.


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