Ophthalmologists beware of adenoviruses
Hanan Handor, Rajae Daoudi
The Pan African Medical Journal. 2014;17:205. doi:10.11604/pamj.2014.17.205.3153

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Ophthalmologists beware of adenoviruses

Cite this: The Pan African Medical Journal. 2014;17:205. doi:10.11604/pamj.2014.17.205.3153

Received: 27/07/2013 - Accepted: 12/12/2013 - Published: 15/03/2014

Key words: Ophthalmologists, adenoviruses, keratoconjunctivitis

© Hanan Handor et al. The Pan African Medical Journal - ISSN 1937-8688. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Corresponding author: Hanan Handor, Université Mohammed V Souissi, Service d’Ophtalmologie A de l’Hôpital des Spécialités, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, Rabat, Maroc (hhandor@yahoo.fr)


Ophthalmologists beware of adenoviruses

 

Hanan Handor1,&, Rajae Daoudi1

 

1Université Mohammed V Souissi, Service d’Ophtalmologie A de l’Hôpital des Spécialités, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, Rabat, Maroc

 

 

&Corresponding author
Hanan Handor, Université Mohammed V Souissi, Service d’Ophtalmologie A de l’Hôpital des Spécialités, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, Rabat, Maroc

 

 

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Epidemic keratoconjunctivitis caused by different serotypes of human adenoviruses is an explosive and highly contagious ocular surface infection. This is the case of a young ophthalmologist who presented a filamentary keratitis complicating an adenoviral keratoconjunctivitis. Filamentary keratitis is a chronic and debilitating disorder related to dry eye syndrome. Patients with filamentary keratitis report ocular discomfort ranging from mild foreign-body sensation to severe ocular pain. Filaments are composed of mucin, and degenerating and regenerating epithelial cells of the cornea. Current management of filamentary keratitis involves treating the underlying dry eye (non preserved lubricants, topical steroidal agents, and punctal plugs) and mechanical removal of filaments.

Figure 1: A) fibrosis of the tarsal conjunctiva in response to severe adenoviral Keratoconjunctivitis (yellow arrow); (B,C): mucus filament adhering to the corneal surface (yellow arrows)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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