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CASE REPORT
Pythium insidiosum and Acanthamoeba keratitis in a contact lens user
  1. Anita Raghavan1,
  2. Prathyusha Bellamkonda1,
  3. Leonel Mendoza2 and
  4. Ram Rammohan3
  1. 1 Cornea and Refractive Services, Aravind Eye Hospital Coimbatore, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
  2. 2 Microbiology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA
  3. 3 Microbiology, Aravind Eye Hospital Coimbatore, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ram Rammohan, micro{at}cbe.aravind.org

Abstract

The oomycete Pythium and the protozoan Acanthamoeba can cause fulminant and recalcitrant keratitis, respectively. These infections are not only sight-threatening but can also threaten the structural integrity of the eye. A high index of suspicion is required to identify Pythium keratitis given its uncommon occurrence. Acanthamoeba keratitis is most commonly associated with contact lens wear. However, its coexistence with Pythium has not been reported. We present the successful management of a case of contact lens-related keratitis, coinfected with Pythium and Acanthamoeba.

  • eye
  • infections
  • global health
  • infectious diseases
  • ophthalmology
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  • Contributors AR: planning, conception, acquisition, reporting, data analysis and interpretation. PB: acquisition and reporting. LM: data analysis and interpretation. RR: planning, conception, acquisition, reporting, data analysis and interpretation.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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