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Support of the laboratory in the diagnosis of fungal ocular infections.

Vanzzini Zago V, Alcantara Castro M, Naranjo Tackman R - Int J Inflam (2012)

Bottom Line: We describe the microbiological diagnosis in palpebral mycose; in keratitis caused by Fusarium, Aspergillus, Candida, and melanized fungi; endophthalmitis; one Histoplasma scleritis and one mucormycosis.Correct diagnosis is important because an early medical treatment gives a better prognosis for visual acuity.In some cases, fungal infections are misdiagnosed and the antifungal treatment is delayed.

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Affiliation: Laboratory of Microbiology, Asociación para Evitar la Ceguera en México Hospital "Dr. Luis Sánchez-Bulnes", Vicente Garcia Torres No. 46, 04030 Coyoacán, DF, Mexico.

ABSTRACT
This is a retrospective, and descriptive study about the support that the laboratory of microbiology aids can provide in the diagnosis of ocular infections in patients whom were attended a tertiary-care hospital in México City in a 10-year-time period. We describe the microbiological diagnosis in palpebral mycose; in keratitis caused by Fusarium, Aspergillus, Candida, and melanized fungi; endophthalmitis; one Histoplasma scleritis and one mucormycosis. Nowadays, ocular fungal infections are more often diagnosed, because there is more clinical suspicion and there are easy laboratory confirmations. Correct diagnosis is important because an early medical treatment gives a better prognosis for visual acuity. In some cases, fungal infections are misdiagnosed and the antifungal treatment is delayed.

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Fungal keratitis caused by Aspergillus fumigatus.
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fig4: Fungal keratitis caused by Aspergillus fumigatus.

Mentions: Clinical signs and symptoms are no different from the ulcers caused by white filamentous and filamentous melanized fungus. The slow evolution, risk factors and the clinical signs are important facts for the diagnosis, the smears and cultures aid the final approach to diagnosis (Figures 4 and 5). In one serial of 219 keratitis cases studied in our center for eye care, 75.3% were male and 24.6 % were female patients with ages ranging from 8 to 94 year old and 46 median years old, 36% cases were referred previous corneal trauma, and surgical trauma in 5.4% developed postsurgery mainly caused by Candida.


Support of the laboratory in the diagnosis of fungal ocular infections.

Vanzzini Zago V, Alcantara Castro M, Naranjo Tackman R - Int J Inflam (2012)

Fungal keratitis caused by Aspergillus fumigatus.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC3303867&req=5

fig4: Fungal keratitis caused by Aspergillus fumigatus.
Mentions: Clinical signs and symptoms are no different from the ulcers caused by white filamentous and filamentous melanized fungus. The slow evolution, risk factors and the clinical signs are important facts for the diagnosis, the smears and cultures aid the final approach to diagnosis (Figures 4 and 5). In one serial of 219 keratitis cases studied in our center for eye care, 75.3% were male and 24.6 % were female patients with ages ranging from 8 to 94 year old and 46 median years old, 36% cases were referred previous corneal trauma, and surgical trauma in 5.4% developed postsurgery mainly caused by Candida.

Bottom Line: We describe the microbiological diagnosis in palpebral mycose; in keratitis caused by Fusarium, Aspergillus, Candida, and melanized fungi; endophthalmitis; one Histoplasma scleritis and one mucormycosis.Correct diagnosis is important because an early medical treatment gives a better prognosis for visual acuity.In some cases, fungal infections are misdiagnosed and the antifungal treatment is delayed.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Laboratory of Microbiology, Asociación para Evitar la Ceguera en México Hospital "Dr. Luis Sánchez-Bulnes", Vicente Garcia Torres No. 46, 04030 Coyoacán, DF, Mexico.

ABSTRACT
This is a retrospective, and descriptive study about the support that the laboratory of microbiology aids can provide in the diagnosis of ocular infections in patients whom were attended a tertiary-care hospital in México City in a 10-year-time period. We describe the microbiological diagnosis in palpebral mycose; in keratitis caused by Fusarium, Aspergillus, Candida, and melanized fungi; endophthalmitis; one Histoplasma scleritis and one mucormycosis. Nowadays, ocular fungal infections are more often diagnosed, because there is more clinical suspicion and there are easy laboratory confirmations. Correct diagnosis is important because an early medical treatment gives a better prognosis for visual acuity. In some cases, fungal infections are misdiagnosed and the antifungal treatment is delayed.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus