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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 67

Anterior orbital cysticercosis: A case presentation


Department of Paediatrics, Al-Kindy College of Medicine, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq

Date of Web Publication7-Jun-2018

Correspondence Address:
Mahmood Dhahir Al-Mendalawi
Department of Paediatrics, Al-Kindy College of Medicine, University of Baghdad, Baghdad
Iraq
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DOI: 10.4103/kjo.kjo_9_18

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Al-Mendalawi MD. Anterior orbital cysticercosis: A case presentation. Kerala J Ophthalmol 2018;30:67

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Al-Mendalawi MD. Anterior orbital cysticercosis: A case presentation. Kerala J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2018 [cited 2018 Jun 23];30:67. Available from: http://www.kjophthal.com/text.asp?2018/30/1/67/233786

Dear Sir,

I read with interest the case report by Das on the anterior orbital cysticercosis (OC) in an Indian patient.[1] It is well known that due to defective immunity, individuals infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are more vulnerable to various types of infections compared to the individuals with healthy immune system. Among these infections, cysticercosis has been reported among HIV-positive patients.[2] To my knowledge, HIV infection is a worrisome health hazard in India. The available data pointed out to 0.26% HIV seroprevalence compared with a global average of 0.2%.[3] The overall seropositivity for cysticercosis was reported to be 5% among HIV-positive patients in India.[4] I presume that the underlying HIV infection ought to be considered in the studied patient. Therefore, the arrangement for the diagnostic panel of blood CD4 count and viral overload estimations for HIV infection was solicited. If that diagnostic panel was achieved and it revealed HIV infection, the case in question could be regarded a novel case report. This is because HIV-associated OC has been rarely described in the literature so far.[5]

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Das S. Anterior orbital cysticercosis: A case presentation. Kerala J Ophthalmol 2017;29:230-3.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Anand KS, Wadhwa A, Garg J, Mahajan RK. HIV-associated neurocysticercosis. J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care 2015;14:120-2.  Back to cited text no. 2
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Paranjape RS, Challacombe SJ. HIV/AIDS in India: An overview of the Indian epidemic. Oral Dis 2016;22 Suppl 1:10-4.  Back to cited text no. 3
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Parija SC, Gireesh AR. A serological study of cysticercosis in patients with HIV. Rev Inst Med Trop Sao Paulo 2009;51:185-9.  Back to cited text no. 4
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George AE, Biswas J, Agarwal R, Kumarasamy N, Solomon S. Subretinal cysticercosis in a patient with AIDS: Treatment with xenon arc photocoagulation. Retina 1999;19:467-8.  Back to cited text no. 5
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