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Research Letter
October 2010

Subconjunctival Mycetoma as an Unusual Cause of Tears With Black Deposits

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Eye Hospital (Drs Li and Yuen) and Department of Clinical Pathology, Tuen Mun Hospital (Dr Lung), Hong Kong.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2010;128(10):1371-1372. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2010.237

Ocular mycosis is a rare condition that is usually related to ocular trauma, preexisting ocular disease, or immunocompromised states. We report a case of subconjunctival mycetoma secondary to Exophiala dermatitidis in a healthy middle-aged woman with recalcitrant ocular inflammation and black deposits in her tears.

A 44-year-old woman had recurrent discharge from her right eye and black deposits in her tears for 2 years. Her symptoms persisted despite the use of topical antibiotics, steroids, and antihistamine. She was otherwise healthy and was not receiving any systemic or other topical medication. She denied any history of ocular trauma or surgery. She did not use contact lenses or eye makeup.