جۆری توێژینه‌وه‌: Original Article

نوسه‌ران

1 High Diploma of Ophthalmology,Shahid Doctor Aso Hospital, Department of Ophthalmology Clinic, Al-Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

2 Department of Biology College of Education Garmian University Kalar, Alsulaimaniyah, Kurdistan, Iraq

پوخته‌

Phthiriasis palpebrarum is a rare infection caused by pubic lice Pthirus pubis. This
parasite has become a public health problem since itinfestshuman eyes and has been
linked with other infections like keratitis, conjunctivitis and blepharitis. The present
study was carried out on 2325 patients attended Doctor Shahid Aso Hospital in Al-
Sulaimaniyah province, Kurdistan region, Iraq from January to November 2017. Four
patients were observed to have symptoms like itching, redness, swollen of the eyelids
with the presence of tiny white objects at the base of their eyelashes . Through
examination using slit lamp and florescent microscopes, it was observed that the
infections were caused by infestation with adults and nymphs of Pthirus pubis. Lice
and nits were removed mechanically using fine forceps followed by treatment of the
patients with erythromycin eye ointment. All the patients were treated successfully. To
the best of our knowledge this is the first documentation of phthariasis papebrarum in
Kurdistan and Iraq. Further studies are required for better understanding the ecology,
phylogeny and the potential of disease transmission of the parasite.

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