• Reema Bansal
  • Vishali Gupta
  • Amod Gupta
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Ocular toxocariasis presents with unilateral visual loss, usually in children. Proximity to pets increases its predisposition due to infection by eggs of the larvae of roundworms. Typically, the posterior segment is involved with significant vitritis and a granuloma involving the periphery or posterior pole. Endophthalmitis is rare in ocular toxocariasis. Visual loss occurs secondarily to tractional retinal detachment. The diagnosis is largely clinical and pars plana vitrectomy produces favorable anatomical and functional outcome.Toxocariasis


Retinal Detachment Optic Neuritis Posterior Pole Epiretinal Membrane Larva Migrans 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Advanced Eye CentrePost Graduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia

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