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Cornea. 2001 Jul;20(5):534-5.

Aspergillus fumigatus keratitis with wreath pattern infiltrates.

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Cornea Service, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To report a case of Aspergillus fumigatus keratitis with clinical features simulating Nocardia keratitis and to highlight the utility of microbiologic investigation in the successful management of infectious keratitis.

METHOD:

Case report.

RESULTS:

A 62-year-old man presented with complaints of pain, redness, and watering of 10 days' duration in his right eye. Direct microscopic observation of smears of corneal scrapings revealed a fungal etiology. The patient was treated with 5% natamycin eye drops and 1% atropine sulphate eye drops and was advised to visit the hospital for observation. During his visit to the hospital on day 10 after medication, the eye demonstrated a wreath pattern corneal infiltrate that simulated Nocardia keratitis. The fungus grown from culture of corneal scraping was identified as A. fumigatus.

CONCLUSION:

This report highlights the significance of subjecting corneal scrapings from suspected cases of infectious keratitis to microbiologic evaluation and emphasizes the fact that a complete microbiologic work-up helps in establishing a definitive etiologic diagnosis and initiating specific antimicrobial therapy.

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