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April 1978

Metastatic Coccidioidal Endophthalmitis

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Ophthalmology (Drs Cutler and Paul) and Pulmonary Medicine (Dr Beamis), Naval Regional Medical Center; and Section of Ophthalmology (Dr Binder), Veterans Administration Hospital, San Diego.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(4):689-691. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910050379016

• A severe granulomatous iridocyclitis developed in association with a cavitary pulmonary lesion in a 29-year-old man. The initial diagnosis and treatment was for pulmonary tuberculosis with tuberculous uveitis. Although the pulmonary lesion improved with antituberculous therapy, the condition of the eye deteriorated. An anterior-chamber tap was positive for Coccidioides immitis, and the patient was treated with intravenous and two intracameral injections of amphotericin B. The eye was ultimately enucleated three weeks after the initial intracameral injection, and yet was culture-positive for the organism. Histopathologic examination disclosed diffuse involvement of the anterior segment, with multiple spherules present within the iris and limbus.

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