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Fungal keratitis

Yusuf Koçluk, Emine Alyamaç Sukgen
PURPOSE: This study aimed to report the results of therapeutic penetrating keratoplasty (TPKP) performed at early and late stage of keratitis. METHODS: The study involved patients who underwent TPKP surgery due to bacterial, fungal, or mixed (bacterial and fungal) keratitis. The patients were divided into two groups. Group 1 (13 patients) was the patients operated at early stage of corneal abscess formation or in 15 days after the start of keratitis and group 2 (12 patients) was the patients operated at late stage of keratitis or after at least 15 days after the initial appearance of symptoms...
October 8, 2016: International Ophthalmology
Jianzhang Hu, Jingjin Zhang, Yanling Li, Xiaoli Han, Weidong Zheng, Juan Yang, Guoxing Xu
Purpose. To evaluate the efficacy of a combination of intrastromal and intracameral injections of amphotericin B in the treatment of severe recalcitrant fungal keratitis. Methods. Patients with severe fungal keratitis who were resistant to conventional antifungal medical treatments and needed potential surgical intervention were recruited at the First Affiliated Hospital of Fujian Medical University between January 2012 and July 2013. The patients were treated with a combination of intrastromal and intracameral injections of amphotericin B (25 μg/mL and 50 μg/mL, resp...
2016: Journal of Ophthalmology
Winai Chaidaroon, Sumet Supalaset, Napaporn Tananuvat, Nongnuch Vanittanakom
PURPOSE: To report a rare case of keratitis infected by Bipolaris hawaiiensis. METHODS: A patient who was diagnosed as fungal keratitis caused by B. hawaiiensis was retrospectively reviewed for history, clinical characteristics, risk factors, laboratory findings, treatments, and outcomes. RESULTS: A 63-year-old man with a history of trauma and saw dust in the left eye presented with a corneal ulcer. Eye examination revealed whitish infiltration with a feathery edge and small brownish deposits in the anterior stroma of the left cornea...
May 2016: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
Shreesha Kumar Kodavoor, Ramamurthy Dandapani, Ajay Ramesh Kaushik
A 32-year-old female patient underwent deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) in both eyes for advanced keratoconus. She developed an infiltrate in the nasal paracentral interface of the left eye. In view of the paracentral location, localized epithelial removal/stromal scraping was done and the infiltrate was removed using forceps and sent for microbiological assay, which revealed fungal filaments. The patient successfully responded to intensive topical antifungal therapy with the maintenance of visual acuity...
August 2016: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
Kun He, Li-Hui Yue, Gui-Qiu Zhao, Cui Li, Jing Lin, Nan Jiang, Qian Wang, Qiang Xu, Xu-Dong Peng, Li-Ting Hu, Jie Zhang
AIM: To explore the effects of lectin-like ox-LDL receptor (LOX-1) on innate immunity against Aspergillus fumigatus (A. fumigatus ) in mice cornea. METHODS: The mRNA levels of LOX-1 were tested in normal and A. fumigatus infected corneas of C57BL/6 and BALB/c mice. The expression of LOX-1, pro-inflammatory cytokines TNF-α, CXCL1 and IL-6, anti-inflammatory cytokines IL-10, and matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP9) were tested with treatment with LOX-1 neutralizing antibody or control IgG in A...
2016: International Journal of Ophthalmology
L Y Wang, Z Z Xu, J J Zhang, S T Sun, J Li, X F Yu, L Zhu, Y Q Zhang, Y He, J C Li, L L Wang, S Y Tao
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of topical voriconazole in patients with fungal keratitis caused by different fungal species. METHODS: Interventional case series. Eighty-four patients aged 18 years or older from central China with confirmed fungal keratitis who presented at the outpatient department of Henan Eye Institute were enrolled in the study. The patients underwent in vivo confocal scanning laser microscopy examination, coneal scraping and microscopic examination and fungal culture, and then received topical voriconazole, closed curative effects were conducted...
September 11, 2016: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
Chia-Yi Lee, Yi-Ju Ho, Chi-Chin Sun, Hsin-Chiung Lin, Ching-Hsi Hsiao, David Hui-Kang Ma, Chi-Chun Lai, Hung-Chi Chen
Aspergillus species produces a wide spectrum of fungal diseases like endophthalmitis and fungal keratitis ophthalmologically, but there has been no report about blepharitis caused by Aspergilus flavus to date. Herein, we report a 61-year-old ethnic Han Taiwanese male who had suffered from pain with burning and foreign body sensation after an insect bite on his left eye. Specimens from bilateral eyelids suggested infection of A. flavus, whereas corneal scraping showed the presence of Gram-negative bacteria. He was admitted for treatment of infectious keratitis with topical antibiotic and antifungal eye drops...
September 12, 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Tian Fu, Jinglin Yi, Songyi Lv, Bing Zhang
CONTEXT: Fungal keratitis, a corneal fungal infection of the eye caused mainly by Candida species, has become the leading cause of blindness resulting from corneal disease in China. Present limitations in the management of ophthalmic fungal infections include the inability to provide long-term extraocular drug delivery without compromising intraocular structures and/or systemic drug exposure. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to construct amphotericin B (AmB) loaded, chitosan-modified, nanostructured lipid carriers (AmB-CH-NLC) for prolonged ocular application and for the improvement of the targeted delivery of AmB to the ocular mucosa...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Liposome Research
Xia Qi, Sheng-Wei Ren, Feng Zhang, Yi-Qiang Wang
AIM: To research the two homologous predicted proline-rich protein genes, Mus musculus predicted gene 4736 (MP4) and proline-rich protein BstNI subfamily 1 (Prb1) which were significantly upregulated in cultured corneal organs when encountering fungal pathogen preparations. This study was to confirm the expression and potential functions of these two genes in ocular surface. METHODS: A Pseudomonas aeruginosa keratitis model was established in Balb/c mice. One day post infection, mRNA level of MP4 was measured using real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and MP4 protein detected by immunohistochemistry (IHC) or Western blot using a customized polyclonal anti-MP4 antibody preparation...
2016: International Journal of Ophthalmology
I-Huang Lin, Yi-Sheng Chang, Sung-Huei Tseng, Yi-Hsun Huang
Infectious keratitis after penetrating keratoplasty (PK) is a devastating condition that may result in graft failure and poor visual outcome. In this study, we retrospectively reviewed the medical records of patients who underwent PK between 2009 and 2014, and recorded those who developed infectious keratitis. We compared the predisposing factors and organisms isolated to those identified in our previous study, conducted between 1989 and 1994. The incidence of post-PK infectious keratitis decreased from 11...
September 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
John Abuga Guto, Christine C Bii, David W Denning
INTRODUCTION: Kenya is a developing country with a high rate of tuberculosis (TB) and a moderate HIV infection burden. No estimate of the burden of fungal diseases in Kenya is published. METHODOLOGY: We used specific populations at risk and fungal infection frequencies from the literature to estimate national incidence or prevalence of serious fungal infections. Used sources were: 2010 WHO TB statistics, Kenya Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Epidemic Update 2012, Kenya Facts and figures 2012, Kenya Demographic and Health Survey 2008-2009...
2016: Journal of Infection in Developing Countries
Tihtina Kibret, Adane Bitew
BACKGROUND: Fungal keratitis is an important cause of corneal blindness all over the world. Although there are several reports on fungal keratitis from developing and developed countries, fungal keratitis in Ethiopia is poorly known. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of fungal keratitis and spectrum of fungi implicated in causing the infection. METHODS: The present study was a single institutional cross-sectional study carried out in Minilik II Memorial Hospital eye clinic, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from September 2014 to August 2015...
August 30, 2016: BMC Ophthalmology
Xiuming Jin, Yingying Zhao, Fan Zhang, Ting Wan, Fangli Fan, Xin Xie, Zhenyun Lin
PURPOSE: Neutrophils release neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) when defending against invading microorganisms. We investigated the existence of NETs in fungal keratitis. METHODS: Fourteen patients with unilateral fungal keratitis were included. Detailed information about each patient was recorded, including (1) patient history (onset of symptoms and previous therapy), (2) ocular examination findings by slit-lamp biomicroscopy, (3) laboratory findings from direct smear examination and culture of corneal scrapings, (4) NET formation, and (5) treatment strategy and prognosis...
2016: Molecular Vision
Jaya D Chidambaram, Namperumalsamy V Prajna, Natasha L Larke, Srikanthi Palepu, Shruti Lanjewar, Manisha Shah, Shanmugam Elakkiya, Prajna Lalitha, Nicole Carnt, Minna H Vesaluoma, Melanie Mason, Scott Hau, Matthew J Burton
PURPOSE: To determine the diagnostic accuracy of in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM) for moderate to severe microbial keratitis (MK). DESIGN: Double-masked prospective cohort study. PARTICIPANTS: Consecutive patients presenting to Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, India, between February 2012 and February 2013 with MK (diameter ≥3 mm, excluding descemetocele, perforation, or herpetic keratitis). METHODS: Following examination, the corneal ulcer was scanned by IVCM (HRT3/RCM, Heidelberg Engineering, Heidelberg, Germany)...
August 15, 2016: Ophthalmology
Harshal Shrikant Rathi, Anitha Venugopal, Ramakrishnan Rengappa, Meenakshi Ravindran
PURPOSE: To determine the clinical profile and prognosis of Scedosporium keratitis. METHODS: All culture-proven cases were retrospectively analyzed for demographics, clinical characteristics, treatment offered, and resolution time with sequel. RESULTS: Among the 1792 culture-proven fungal keratitis cases in the study period, 10 (0.6%) were the result of Scedosporium. The mean age of patients was 44.2 years. Eight patients were male. A history of trauma was present in 8 patients...
August 17, 2016: Cornea
Sergio Sara, Kendall Sharpe, Sharon Morris
Mycotic keratitis is an ocular infective process derived from any fungal species capable of corneal invasion. Despite its rarity in developed countries, its challenging and elusive diagnosis may result in keratoplasty or enucleation following failed medical management. Filamentous fungi such as Fusarium are often implicated in mycotic keratitis. Bearing greater morbidity than its bacterial counterpart, mycotic keratitis requires early clinical suspicion and initiation of antifungal therapy to prevent devastating consequences...
August 3, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
Anup K Ghosh, Amit Gupta, Shivaprakash M Rudramurthy, Saikat Paul, Vinay Kumar Hallur, Arunaloke Chakrabarti
To assess the prevalence of fungal keratitis, we conducted a retrospective study over 7 years (2005 through 2011) at a tertiary care center in North India. Effort has been made to analyze the disease burden, spectrum of agents and treatment history. The findings were compared with an earlier study at the same center for any change in the epidemiology of the disease. Microbiology records were screened at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India, to identify fungal keratitis cases, and available clinical records of those cases were analyzed...
July 29, 2016: Mycopathologia
Swapnali Sabhapandit, Somasheila I Murthy, Prashant Garg, Veeresh Korwar, Geeta K Vemuganti, Savitri Sharma
PURPOSE: To describe the history, clinical features, and outcomes of a large case series of microsporidial stromal keratitis with emphasis on probable predictors of the etiology in this rare and unspecified form of keratitis. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of cases seen between January, 2002, and December, 2013, diagnosed at LV Prasad Eye Institute as having microsporidial stromal keratitis based on clinical, microbiology, and histopathology examination. Outcomes of medical and surgical management with visual recovery were documented...
July 27, 2016: Cornea
Soundaram MeenakshiSundaram, Aalia Rasool Sufi, N Venkatesh Prajna, Jeremy D Keenan
IMPORTANCE: In vivo confocal microscopy could be useful in cases of fungal or acanthamoeba keratitis to determine the depth of infectious elements, but its accuracy in determining corneal thickness relative to more traditional techniques has not been well characterized. OBSERVATIONS: In this cross-sectional observational case series, central corneal thickness was determined by in vivo confocal microscopy, ultrasonic pachymetry, and Scheimpflug topography in 47 normal corneas and 23 keratoconic corneas from November 2014 to July 2015...
September 1, 2016: JAMA Ophthalmology
Aradhana Masih, Pradeep K Singh, Shallu Kathuria, Kshitij Agarwal, Jacques F Meis, Anuradha Chowdhary
Aspergillus species cause a wide spectrum of clinical infections. Although Aspergillus fumigatus and Aspergillus flavus remain the most commonly isolated species in aspergillosis, in the last decade, rare and cryptic Aspergillus species have emerged in diverse clinical settings. The present study analyzed the distribution and in vitro antifungal susceptibility profiles of rare Aspergillus species in clinical samples from patients with suspected aspergillosis in 8 medical centers in India. Further, a matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry in-house database was developed to identify these clinically relevant Aspergillus species...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
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