Removal of intravitreous cysticerci from the surface of the optic nervehead. A pars plana approach.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Two larvae of Taenia solium (eg, Cysticercus cellulosae) were identified in the posterior vitreous attached to the optic nervehead of a 13-year-old Guatemalan girl. Preoperative evaluation showed the larvae to be viable. The vitreous showed a mild cellular reaction. The larvae were dissected off the optic nervehead and removed via a pars plana approach, without incident. To our knowledge, this is the first case report of cysticerci attached to the optic nervehead that were removed successfully by the pars plana approach. The patient was treated with a very short preoperative and postoperative course of corticosteroids. No inflammatory flare-ups or recurrence of the cysticercosis were found during the one-year follow-up period.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zinn, KM; Guillory, SL; Friedman, AH

Published Date

  • April 1980

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 98 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 714 - 716

PubMed ID

  • 7369907

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-9950

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1001/archopht.1980.01020030708012


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States