Dirofilaria repens eyepiece: a case in Calabria and diagnostic indications concerning dirofilariosis

Abstract

Dirofilaria repens is a nematode that affects dogs and other carnivores such as cats, wolves, foxes, which are final hosts. It is carried to the men by mosquitos (Anopheles, Culex and Aedes) and, particularly, by Aedes albopictus. It causes in the humans the formation of subcutaneous nodules and, at ocular conjunctiva level, the formation of cysts. Its diagnosis is made by methods of Molecular Biology because the identification based only on the morphology is very difficult. In the mounth of November 2012, comes to the first aid of Cetraro Hospital a old woman with a conjunctival cyst to right eye which causes pain, itch and lachrymation. From this cyst, is extracted a worm, identified as Dirofilaria repens. This diagnosis is confirmed by investigations of Molecular Biology discharged in the Superior Institute of Health of Rome.

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2013-04-30
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Keywords:
Dirofilaria repens, Nematode
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Mancuso, C. (2013). Dirofilaria repens eyepiece: a case in Calabria and diagnostic indications concerning dirofilariosis. Microbiologia Medica, 28(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/mm.2013.2283