Journal of The Academy of Clinical Microbiologists

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2015  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 121--123

Hookworm infection: An unusual presentation


Anitha P Moorkoth1, Shabina M Balakrishnan1, Jyothi P Thayyilekandi2, Kalpana George1 
1 Department of Microbiology, Government Medical College, Kozhikode, Kerala, India
2 Department of Ophthalmology, Government Medical College, Kozhikode, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Anitha P Moorkoth
Department of Microbiology, Government Medical College, Kozhikode, Kerala
India

Hookworm infections are widely distributed in the tropics and subtropics, with around 1.3 billion infected globally. Common manifestations of Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus infections include symptoms due to larval penetration, pneumonitis, or the intestinal phase of infection. We report an unusual case of total hyphema with secondary glaucoma in the right eye of a 70-year-old male patient, caused by an adult hookworm in the anterior chamber. The extracted worm was identified to be of Ancylostoma species. The patient was treated with topical steroids, cycloplegics, and oral albendazole. Pain, corneal oedema and secondary glaucoma subsided and his vision improved.


How to cite this article:
Moorkoth AP, Balakrishnan SM, Thayyilekandi JP, George K. Hookworm infection: An unusual presentation.J Acad Clin Microbiol 2015;17:121-123


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Moorkoth AP, Balakrishnan SM, Thayyilekandi JP, George K. Hookworm infection: An unusual presentation. J Acad Clin Microbiol [serial online] 2015 [cited 2023 Feb 9 ];17:121-123
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