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Ophthalmomyiasis externa caused by Oestrus ovis
  1. Benjamin Griffin1,
  2. Alan Hawrami1,
  3. Jim Stephenson2 and
  4. Aman Narang1
  1. 1Ophthalmology Department, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, London, UK
  2. 2Microbiology Department, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Benjamin Griffin; benjamin.griffin{at}


This report describes the case of a woman in her early 20s who presented with a 3-day history of mobile foreign bodies and watering from her right eye. She had recently returned from vacation on a Greek island and presented to an ophthalmology unit in London, UK. A sample taken demonstrated Oestrus ovis infestation and confirmed the diagnosis of ophthalmomyiasis externa. She was treated with prophylactic topical antibiotics and subsequently made a full recovery. This was only the sixth presentation of O. ovis ophthalmomyiasis externa documented within the UK and the only case documented within the last 20 years. This is the fifth documented case found to have been transmitted within Greece.

  • Global Health
  • Anterior chamber
  • Tropical medicine (infectious disease)

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  • Contributors All four authors, BG, AH, JS and AN, have met or reviewed the patient in a professional setting related to her clinical care and were involved in the conception and design of this report. All authors contributed significantly to the drafting and revision of this case report, and gave final approval of the version published. All agree to be accountable for the report and will ensure that all questions regarding accuracy or integrity of the article are investigated and resolved as stipulated by the ICMJE recommendations. Furthermore, each author is able to identify which co-authors are responsible for specific parts of the work; however, they also have confidence in the integrity of the contributions of their co-authors. There are no other individuals who fulfil the above criteria.

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  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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