Mendiratta, D. K.; Thamke, D.; Shukla, A. K.; Narang, P.
January 2005
Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology;Jan2005, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p56
Academic Journal
Colletotrichum dematium has been rarely reproted from India before. The present case, a farmer, developed peripheral corneal ulcer five days following trauma with plant. At presentation his visual acuity was 6/60 (unaided) and 6/24P with pinhole. Slit lamp and fluorescent stain examination revealed paracentral corneal ulcer with irregular margins, stromal infiltration and multiple epithelial defects. Microbiological examination of corneal samples confirmed the initial diagnosis of fungal corneal ulcer and the fungus was identified as C. dematium. Patient was treated with topical natamycin and ciprofloxacin. Patient left against medical advice and was lost to follow up. This report emphasizes that Colletotrichum keratitis may not be rare. Early diagnosis may help in institution of specific therapy early in the disease.


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