|Programm||"Degeneration und Regeneration– Grundlagen, Diagnostik und Therapie"|
Systemic Loa-Loa Filariasis and Ocular Affection a Case report and Review of the Literature
Jaksche A.1, Wessels L.1, Martin S.2, Löffler K. U.1
Purpose: Loa-Loa is a parasitic infection endemic in the tropical rain forests of Western, Central, and Eastern Africa. It is transferred by the Chrysops fly. Apart from involvement of the skin and systemic spread, it also can affect the eye, presenting as epiphora, eyelid edema, conjunctival injection and itching. Penetration into the anterior chamber and into retinal vessels has also been described. Within the last few years, there is more and more evidence for unclear eye-diseases to be caused by exotic pathogens. We herewith report another case of such an infection to underline the increasing importance and diagnostic relevance even of rare diseases.