More than tears in your eyes (Exophiala jeanselmei keratitis)

Guy J. Ben-Simon*, Aaron Grinbaum, Irina S. Barequet

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Purpose. To describe a patient with Exophiala jeanselmei keratitis. Methods. Case report. One patient with persistent corneal infiltrate that developed several days after a minor ocular trauma from an onion slice. Results. Culture plates from corneal scraping showed a growth of the yeast Exophiala jeanselmei, a rare causative agent of ocular infection. Conclusions. Whenever a corneal abscess does not improve with the usual antibiotic treatment, a thorough ophthalmic history should be taken to determine whether there was a recent ocular trauma. If the trauma was caused by a plant material, the physician should raise the possibility of an unusual fungal infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-231
Number of pages2
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Corneal infiltrate
  • Corneal scraping
  • Fungal keratitis
  • Minor ocular trauma


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