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Am J Ophthalmol. 1996 Jul;122(1):119-21.

Fusarium endophthalmitis in an intravenous drug abuser.

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Department of Ophthalmology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, OH 45219, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

We studied a case in which a patient had unilateral retinal infiltrates and a retinal vasculopathy resembling frosted branch angiitis. He later admitted to injecting cocaine intravenously.

METHODS:

The patient underwent a pars plana vitrectomy and received intravitreal and intravenous amphotericin B.

RESULTS:

The vitreous fluid grew Fusarium dimerium. There was rapid response to the treatment and full recovery of vision.

CONCLUSION:

Fusarium species should be considered as a potential pathogen in intravenous drug abusers with endogenous endophthalmitis and in patients with unilateral frosted branch angiitis.

PMID:
8659586
DOI:
10.1016/s0002-9394(14)71976-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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