Intraocular Filaria, a Loaina Species, from Man in Colombia

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  • Sections of Parasitology and Ophthalmology, University of Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia
  • | Section of Ophthalmology, Social Security Institute, Medellín, Colombia
  • | § Department of Tropical Medicine, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University, 1430 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112

A 4.5-mm filarial worm was removed from the anterior chamber of the left eye of a 56-year-old man who had lost the sight in the right eye due to trauma some years earlier. The worm was removed intact through an upper scleral incision with a corneal based flap. Within 2 months vision was normal. The worm was identified as a sexually mature male of an undescribed species of Loaina Eberhard and Orihel 1984, a genus related to Loa and Dirofilaria.