External Ophthalmomyiasis by Oestrus Ovis: Two Case Reports from Nepal

Keywords: Conjunctivitis, Nepal, Ophthalmomyiasis, Oestrus ovis


Introduction: Ophthalmomyiasis is an infestation of eye with larvae of dipteran flies most commonly
by Oestrus ovis (Sheep nasal botfly). External ophthalmomyiasis in humans is a rare condition seen in
people residing in rural areas and also living close to livestock. Case Report: We report two cases of
external ophthalmomyiasis in 22 years old male and 38 years old female both having history of sudden
onset of foreign body sensation and redness in left and right eyes respectively. Conclusion: This external
ophthalmomyiasis presenting nonspecific symptoms similar to acute conjunctivitis is the first case reported
in Nepal to the best of our knowledge. This report may aware all ophthalmologists about larval conjunctivitis
preventing misdiagnosis.


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Author Biographies

Nabina Maharjan, Lumbini Medical College and Teaching Hospital


Department of Microbiology.

Ashish Jamarkattel, Lumbini Medical College and Teaching Hospital


Department of Ophthalmology

Bhagavat Prasad Nepal, Lumbini Medical College and Teaching Hospital

Professor and head,

Department of Ophthalmology


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How to Cite
Maharjan N, Jamarkattel A, Nepal B. External Ophthalmomyiasis by Oestrus Ovis: Two Case Reports from Nepal. J Lumbini Med Coll [Internet]. 24Mar.2021 [cited 27Sep.2021];9(1):4 pages. Available from: https://jlmc.edu.np/index.php/JLMC/article/view/407
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