A Rare but Definite Clinical Entity
Dr Shanmuga Vadivoo Natarajan,
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology,
Annapoorana Medical College & Hospital,
Periyaseeragapaadi, Salem-636 308,
Tamil Nadu, India.
Colletotrichum spp. is an emerging pathogen which causes a variety of human infections. Only a few cases of Colletotrichum keratitis have been reported from India. We are reporting three cases of keratitis which were caused by three different species of Colletotrichum. Two of the three patients had a history of trauma and of a previous treatment with topical antibiotics.
A direct microscopic examination of the corneas of all the three patients revealed fungal elements and Colletotrichum spp. grew in the culture. Two patients responded to topical anti - fungal therapy and the ulcer regressed, while the third patient failed to respond .The third patient was referred to a higher specialty centre for Keratoplasty.