Nontraumatic Paecilomyces anterior segment infection: a pathognomonic clinical appearance

Hirst, Lawrence W., Choong, Keat and Playford, Elliott G. (2014) Nontraumatic Paecilomyces anterior segment infection: a pathognomonic clinical appearance. Cornea, 33 10: 1031-1037. doi:10.1097/ICO.0000000000000217

Author Hirst, Lawrence W.
Choong, Keat
Playford, Elliott G.
Title Nontraumatic Paecilomyces anterior segment infection: a pathognomonic clinical appearance
Formatted title
Nontraumatic Paecilomyces anterior segment infection: a pathognomonic clinical appearance
Journal name Cornea   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0277-3740
Publication date 2014-10
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1097/ICO.0000000000000217
Open Access Status
Volume 33
Issue 10
Start page 1031
End page 1037
Total pages 7
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose: The aim of this study was to review a series of consecutive cases of corneal and scleral infection by Paecilomyces spp. and to identify features of clinical presentation and assess treatment modalities.

Methods: This retrospective review of a case series included 22 patients with nontraumatic Paecilomyces anterior segment infections who were seen in a tertiary referral practice. Outcome measures were the number of eyes that were lost and visual acuity in eyes that were saved.

Results: Twenty-two patients with Paecilomyces corneal or scleral infection with no significant history of trauma or surgery were identified over a 20-year period. Two distinct clinical presentations were noted with 17 presenting with corneal infection and 5 initially presenting with scleral infection, and all demonstrated a classical endothelial plaque and deep stromal infiltrate. Almost all required single or multiple anterior segment reconstructive surgeries together with systemic and topical antifungal agents. The first 10 patients were treated with amphotericin B, whereas the remaining 12 patients were treated with voriconazole and 21 of 22 patients underwent surgery. Paecilomyces spp. was identified from most intraocular specimens although corneal fungal growth was noted only from deep corneal biopsies or corneal buttons removed during corneal transplantation. Outcomes were better in the last 12 patients treated with voriconazole.

Conclusions: Nontraumatic Paecilomyces anterior segment infection presents with a pathognomonic clinical picture when the cornea is the initial site of infection and later in scleral infections. Early identification and aggressive treatment with extirpative surgery and voriconazole may result in retention of the eye with useful vision.
Keyword Paecilomyces
Human Aqueous-Humor
Fungal Keratitis
Lilacinus Keratitis
Secondary Keratitis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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