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April 1964

A Case of Mycotic Keratitis Caused by Curvularia Geniculata

Author Affiliations

Colombo, Ceylon; Atlanta
From the Medical Research Institute (Dr. Nityananda) and Victoria Memorial Eye Hospital (Dr. Sivasubramaniam), Colombo; Communicable Disease Center, United States Public Health Service, Atlanta (Dr. Ajello).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;71(4):456-458. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970010472003

One of the most unusual characteristics of mycotic keratitis is its highly varied etiology. Fungi from more than ten genera have been detected and isolated from eye infections.1 The rarity of keratitis and other mycoses caused by members of the genus Curvularia has prompted this report.

Summary of Case 

History.  —A 38-year-old female attended the Ophthalmology Clinic at the Victoria Memorial Eye Hospital, Colombo, Ceylon, on Feb 21, 1963. She complained of a painful, red, right eye of two weeks' duration. About three weeks previously she had sustained an injury to that eye from some paddy.

Examination.  —She presented a swollen right eyelid behind which was a much reddened eye due to ciliary injection. The visual acuity was R 6/60; L 6/24. The right cornea showed a discoid pellicle to which was attached a hemispherical, brown to brownish-orange growth. This was situated opposite the temporal edge of the right

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