Subconjunctival Wuchereria bancrofti in Calabar: A case report

  • Bassey A. Etim
  • Martha-Mary E. Udoh
  • Mercy Abatai


Subconjunctival worm is a manifestation of ocular filariasis, one of the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) which constitute an important public health problem in Nigeria.The most commonly reported subconjunctival worm is loaloa which in some occasions is associated with the so called 'Calabar swelling'. However there exist few reports of ocular filariasis caused by Wuchereriabancrofti involving the eyelids, conjunctiva, cornea, anterior chamber, and uvea with variable presentations. We report a case of a 31-year-old female, constitutionally asymptomatic patient who presented with Wuchereriabancrofti filarial worm encysted in the subconjunctival space.

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