Microsporidial keratoconjunctivitis in a patient without human immunodeficiency virus infection

B. E. Silverstein, Jr Cunningham, T. P. Margolis, V. Cevallos, I. G. Wong

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To describe a case of microsporidial keratoconjunctivitis in a patient without human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. METHODS: Case report. An epithelial corneal scraping from a woman with chronic bilateral keratoconjunctivitis was evaluated by Giemsa stain. RESULTS: Giemsa stain of an epithelial corneal scraping disclosed intracellular and extracellular spores characteristic of microsporidia. An HIV enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test was negative. The signs and symptoms of the bilateral keratoconjunctivitis resolved after treatment with albendazole. CONCLUSION: Microsporidia may cause a chronic epithelial keratoconjunctivitis in the absence of HIV infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-396
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican journal of ophthalmology
Volume124
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997
Externally publishedYes

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