Stomach-churning video shows moment doctor pulls 15cm-long parasitic worm from man's eye

The grim creature can be seen buried in the side of the 60-year-old patient’s right eye.

The man, from India, was treated by Dr Srikanth Shetty at a hospital in Kundapur this week.

In the video you can see the worm clinging to the man’s eye as he moves it around.

It needed to be removed as soon as possible or there was a risk to the patient's eyesight.

Dr Shetty carefully uses special forceps to grab hold of the worm and pull it out of the man’s eye socket.


As it’s pulled out it looks like a long piece of string that got caught in the man’s eye.

Dr Shetty places it in a plastic container where the sheer size of the creature can be seen.

It is believed the worm is a wuchereria bancrofti, a type of parasitic roundworm that is passed on by mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes pass larvae of the worm onto humans when they bite them, which then travel through the blood stream and develop into adults.

The worm is one of the most common causes of elephantiasis, which causes extreme swelling in the arms and legs.

It is caused when a blockage occurs in the lymphatic system – the network of tissues and organs in the body that help rid itself of toxins.

The most common cause of the condition is filariasis, a parasitic disease caused by an infection with roundworms.

Elephantiasis usually causes the skin to thicken, which allows the limbs to become swollen.

The condition can be treated using medication to kill the worms.



 

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