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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 147-149

Ophthalmomyiasis externa: A case report

1 Department of Microbiology, Dr. V.M. Government Medical College, Solapur, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Microbiology, TNMC and BYL Nair Ch. Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Nirjhar Chatterjee
Department of Microbiology, College Building, 3rd Floor, TNMC and BYL Nair Charitable Hospital, Mumbai Central, Mumbai - 400 008, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/tp.TP_2_20

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Ophthalmomyiasis is the infestation of ocular structures by fly larvae (maggots). Oestrus ovis is common among them. This is usually observed in rural areas, but a case presented here is from the urban areas. Depending on the species of larvae and ocular structure involved, manifestations vary from self-limiting condition to optic nerve involvement which may lead to blindness, and hence, identification and prompt management is necessary. This case report alerts the ophthalmologists from the urban areas to consider time management and also microbiologists for rapid identification.

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