Doctors in Dubai reportedly removed a nearly 5-inch long filarial worm from an Indian woman’s eye recently.
The woman, Vineeta M., 55, arrived to Aster Hospital in Dubai with reports of pain in her eyelid, Gulf News reported.
Doctors also noted swelling in the area of her eye despite her clearing all diagnostic tests.
Eventually Dr. Vikram Mohindra, an ophthalmologist, found that her swelling and pain were caused by a parasitic infection known as dirofilariasis — an issue typically caused by mosquito bites.
Dr. Mohindra placed the woman into surgery and was able to remove the 12-centimeter (4.7-inch) filarial worm from the woman’s eyelid. The area was then repaired and she reportedly had a successful recovery since the issue was spotted at an early state.
“Aster Hospital may be a relatively new hospital but we have already proven a high level of experience and expertise by dealing with this rare case which is a good example of encouraging patients to pay attention to what their bodies are telling them and have it checked by physicians when something is not normal — it can save lives,” the doctor told Gulf News.
“I am truly grateful to Dr Mohindra for his keenness in taking up my case which proves to be a good call,” Vineeta said. “It pays to trust your instincts — mine in seeking a second opinion and Dr. Mohindra for investigating my case. My life is back to normal now and I can see without obstruction or discomfort.”
The Journal of Parasitic Diseases reports that there have been around 800 cases of dirofilariasis worldwide since it was first reported in 1885.
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