Case Report: Ocular Gnathostomiasis in Venezuela Most Likely Acquired in Texas

Maria Alejandra Benavides Cornea Clinic, Ophthalmology Service, Centro Medico Docente La Trinidad, Caracas, Venezuela;

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Maria Belisa Baldo Cornea Clinic, Ophthalmology Service, Centro Medico Docente La Trinidad, Caracas, Venezuela;

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Shachar Tauber Ophthalmic Research and Telemedicine Section, Ophthalmology and Optometry Mercy Clinic, Caracas, Venezuela;

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Sandra Fernandez Figueiras Section of Microbiology and Molecular Biology, Clinical Laboratory, Centro Medico Docente La Trinidad Caracas, Venezuela;

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Renzo Nino Incani Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad de Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela;

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Yukifumi Nawa Tropical Diseases Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand

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A 69-year-old male dentist in Caracas, Venezuela, was referred to our Cornea Clinic with a history of pain, photophobia, and blurred vision on his left eye. Routine biomicroscopic examination with a slit lamp showed a worm in the corneal stroma of his left eye. The worm was surgically removed and was identified morphologically as Gnathostoma binucleatum.

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Address correspondence to Yukifumi Nawa, Tropical Diseases Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002, Thailand. E-mail: yukinawa@kku.ac.th

Authors’ addresses: Maria Alejandra Benavides and Maria Belisa Baldo, Cornea Clinic, Ophthalmology Service, Centro Medico Docente La Trinidad, Caracas, Venezuela, E-mails: mabenavides@me.com and mbbaldo@gmail.com. Shachar Tauber, Ophthalmic Research and Telemedicine Section, Ophthalmology and Optometry Mercy Clinic, Caracas, Venezuela, E-mail: shachar.tauber@mercy.net. Sandra Fernandez Figueiras, Sección de Microbiologia, Laboratorio de Microbiología y Biología Molecular, Centro Medico Docente La Trinidad, Caracas, Venezuela, E-mail: sandra_fernandez_inhrr@yahoo.com. Renzo Nino Incani, Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad de Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela, E-mail: rnincani@gmail.com. Yukifumi Nawa, Tropical Diseases Research Center, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand, E-mail: yukinawa@kku.ac.th.

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