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    Can You Guess February's Mystery Condition?

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    Infectious Scleritis

    Written and photographed by Zeba A. Syed, MD, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia.

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    A 73-year-old man presented with two weeks of pain in his left eye, which had not im­proved on topical antibiotics. He had a past ocular history of pterygium surgery in both eyes about five years ago, and mitomycin-C (MMC) was used intraoperatively during the surgery.

    Best-corrected visual acuity was 20/400 in the left eye. Slit-lamp examination revealed a large area of scleral thinning and necrosis nasally. The patient was admitted for broad-spectrum IV and topical antibiotics. Cultures were performed, which grew Pseudomonas. The patient was taken to the oper­ating room one day after admission for surgical debridement, patch grafting using Amnio-Guard (Biotissue), and multilayered amniotic membrane transplantation. He was continued on oral and topical antibiotics, and the infection resolved over the coming weeks.

    Less than 10% of cases of scleritis are due to an infection, and Pseudomonas is the most common infectious etiology.1 One risk factor for this con­dition is prior pterygium surgery, especially with excessive cautery or use of MMC.


    1 Ramenaden ER, Raiji VR. Clin Ophthalmol. 2013;7:2113-2122.

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