A doctor in Mumbai, India, has pulled a live 5-inch worm out of the eye of a patient who was complaining of persistent pain. Five inches! That’s huge. Can you imagine having such a creature inside your eyeball?
P.K. Krishnamurthy, a 75-year-old retiree, came to Dr. V. Seetharaman last week, complaining that he had been suffering for more than two weeks with redness and irritation in his eye.
When Seetharaman used a microscope to examine his patient at Mumbai’s Fortis Hospital, he was shocked by the highly unusual sight of a wriggling parasite. The eye expert decided he had to operate speedily to remove it before serious damage was caused.
From New York Daily News:
“It was wriggling there under the conjunctiva,” Dr Seetharaman said, referring to the thin membrane lining the eye. “It was the first time in my career of 30 years that I had seen such a case.”
The specialist removed the 13-centimetre worm by making a small opening in the conjunctiva – a 15-minute operation that was observed by the patient’s horrified wife, Saraswati.
“It just kept moving and jumping; it was scary for a bit,” she told the Mumbai Mirror.
The patient received aftercare treatment while the worm, which was alive for another 30 minutes after surgery, was sent to the hospital’s microbiologists to be identified.
Dr Seetharaman had previously only heard of worms of about two to three centimeters being removed, which makes me wonder how often this happens?
He suggested the creature could have entered the patient from a cut in his foot or from eating raw or improperly cooked food, before entering the bloodstream and traveling to the eye.
Krishnamurthy went through two weeks of pain before he visited his doctor, but if he had waited longer, the worm could have entered the brain and caused major neurological problems, according to Seetharaman.
From Herald Sun:
Dr. S. Narayani, the hospital’s medical director, agreed it was an extremely rare case. “We have a very active ophthalmology department and we have not come across a case like this in the last 10 years,” she said.
If you’re not too squeamish, you can click here to watch video of this eye procedure. Mr. Krishnamurthy is a lucky man to have found Dr. Seetharaman just in time.
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