Worm in Eye - Human Parasite Removal Surgery (Warning Disturbing Imagery)

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Surgical removal of a Dirofilaria immitis - similar to a nematode worm. This video shows the surgical removal of a Dirofilaria immitis -like female nematode from the anterior eye chamber of a patient from Parà, Brasil.

Zoonotic helminths affecting the human eye. Eye was clipped and the cornea incised with a crescent Beaver corneal knife. The nematode was extracted alive with forceps and Fukasacu hook. The patient recovered without complications after the surgery.


There are many nematode parasites that can be found in the orbit or within the eye proper Although most nematode infections of the eye are rare, some are more frequently reported than others. In this section, we will discuss those zoonotic nematodes that are most likely to be encountered and reported, by examining their aetiology, case reports and epidemiology.

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This video features "Dirofilaria immitis" http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3071329/?tool=pmcentrez by Otranto D, Eberhard M which is licensed under CC by: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/