Recognition of parasitic diseases by Western physicians is becoming increasingly important because of increased international travel and the recent influx of refugees from South east Asia. We describe two patients who presented with acute anterior uveitis and secondary glaucoma caused by intracameral third stage larvae of Gnathostoma spinigerum. The parasites were successfully removed, with preservation of good visual acuity. The initial infection may occur through consumption of contaminated water and/or raw or undercooked foods, while the eyes may be involved even years later. Accurate diagnosis and surgical removal of the parasites may save life.
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