Volume 40, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Fifty-six cases of human intraocular filariasis have been reported. In 6, the objects interpreted as filariae may have been artifacts. In 8, a motile worm that apparently was not a filaria was observed. In the remainder, a motile filaria or filaria-like worm was observed, but in only 6 cases were the filariae removed from the eye, described, and identified. Three of these were identified as spp., and one each as , and . In 10 cases, filariae were removed and identified as (6) or (4) but without a supporting description. A filaria was removed but not satisfactorily described or identified in 8 cases, spontaneously disappeared in 4, died following treatment in 4, and met unreported fates in seven. For 3 the original reports were inaccessible. Records of intraocular filariae that are not supported by morphological description are questionable.


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