Abstract To the Editor. —Mycotic infection of the eye due to Fusarium solanii is one of the known causes of severe keratitis and endophthalmitis.1-3 The fate of the eye is threatened by the severity of the infection. I report herein a case of severe Fusarium keratitis and endophthalmitis in an only eye that was saved by major surgery. Report of a Case. —A 46-year-old woman in good health was referred to us because of an acute keratitis and endophthalmitis in her left eye. The right eye was lost 16 years prior because of a severe endophthalmitis complicating a keratitis. No history of trauma was obtained. The patient was in excellent health. The culture of the corneal ulcer disclosed F solani. The cornea melted quickly and on Sept 22,1980, an emergency keratoplasty was performed using a 10-mm diameter of preserved cornea. In the anterior chamber some white necrotic material was found References 1. Rowsey JJ, Acers TE, Smith DL, et al: Fusarium oxysporum endophthalmitis . Arch Ophthalmol 1979;97:103-105.Crossref 2. Savir H, Henig E, Lehrer N: Exogeneous mycotic infections of the eye and adnexa . Ann Ophthalmol 1978;10:1013-1018. 3. Jones BR, Jones DB, Clayton Y: Corneal and intraocular infection due to Fusarium solani . Trans Ophthalmol Soc UK 1969;89:757-779.
Archives of Ophthalmology – American Medical Association
Published: Jun 1, 1984