Volume 32, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


In their paper “ sp. (Trematoda) in a human eye” ( 859–861, 1982), Mimori et al. reported a case of this avian fluke in the human conjunctival sac. As in the first published case, the immature fluke (containing unembryonated eggs) caused considerable follicular conjunctivitis.

In a recent report, we described a case of human philophthalmosis in a patient from Sri Lanka who had been in Berlin for 3 months. This case resembled the one reported in 1958 from Sri Lanka (Ceylon). The mature fluke contained embryonated eggs with eye-spots, and was located under the conjunctiva, causing essentially no irritation.

We therefore differentiated two forms of ocular philophthalmosis—an external conjunctival form with follicular conjunctivitis and superficial keratitis, and a subconjunctival form producing only minor reactions.


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