A case of intraocular cysticercosis treated by vitreous surgery

Takao Masuda, Hidetaka Yamaji, Chieko Shiragami, Koki Fukuda, Shuichi Ogaki, Masakazu Harada, Noboru Kagei, Fumio Shiraga

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Purpose : To report an unusual case of ocular cysticercosis. Case : A 24-year-old male presented with acute visual loss in his left eye since 4 months before. He had been staying in Malawi in eastern Africa for humane activities for 2 years. He had reportedly elevated values of IgE and anticysticercus antibody before visiting us. Findings : Corrected visual acuity was 1.2 right and 0.6 left. His left eye showed a yellowish lesion in the macula and a white spheric floater in the vitreous. Both lesions were removed by vitreous surgery. Removed specimens showed no organism. During follow-up in the department of medicine, a long and flat organism was detected in the intestine which was later identified as a variant of Taenia solium. He had final visual acuity of 0.1. Conclusion : Intraocular cysticercosis may be difficult to diagnose in its early stage. Due attention is advocated to unusual findings and patient's background as well as hematological and immunological studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-306
Number of pages4
JournalJapanese Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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