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Small Case Series
May 2012

Curvularia Endophthalmitis Following Open Globe Injuries

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2012;130(5):652-654. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2011.1701

Curvularia is a dematiaceous filamentous fungus found in soil and plants of tropical and subtropical countries. It is the third most common filamentous fungi and the most common dematiaceous fungi isolated from microbial keratitis.1 We describe 2 patients with open globe injuries who developed endophthalmitis caused by Curvularia.

A 23-year-old Hispanic man was initially seen on July 14, 2007, with a 1-week history of increased pain, redness, and decreased vision in his left eye. He sustained a corneal injury in his left eye while hammering a nail and had undergone corneal laceration repair elsewhere on July 6, 2001. At the time of presentation, the patient had been using topical prednisolone acetate, 1%, hourly and moxifloxacin, 0.5%, eye drops 4 times a day.