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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 144-146

A case of submacular cysticercosis treated by pars plana vitrectomy in Kuwait

1 Department of Ophthalmology, Al Bahar Ophthalmology Centre; Department of Ophthalmology, Al Adan Hospital, Kuwait City, Al Adan, Kuwait
2 Department of Ophthalmology, Al Bahar Ophthalmology Centre, Kuwait City, Al Adan, Kuwait
3 Department of Ophthalmology, Al Adan Hospital, Kuwait City, Al Adan, Kuwait

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DOI: 10.4103/0974-620X.142599

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We report a case of submacular cysticercosis in the left eye of an Indian patient living in Kuwait. Though he was systemically asymptomatic, his magnetic resonance imaging showed multiple cysts in the brain. The patient underwent pars plana vitrectomy (PPV), and the cyst was removed in total through a retinotomy over the cyst. He had another small cyst in the periphery that was also removed. He was treated with oral albendazole and systemic steroids after the surgery to treat his neurocysticercosis. He developed rhegmatogenous retinal detachment after the surgery, and the retina was successfully reattached with scleral buckling and PPV procedure. His final best corrected visual acuity improved from counting fingers at 1/2 m at presentation to 20/400. This case report shows that the ocular cysticercosis may be seen among expatriates working in the Middle East. It is important to rule out the presence of neurocysticercosis in such patients as well as multiple cysts in the affected eye. However, the functional outcome of surgical treatment of submacular cysticercosis can be disappointing.

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