A case of Histoplasma capsulatum endophthalmitis diagnosed in Italy

Anna Grancini, Manuela Colosimo, Chiara Mapelli, Massimo Cogliati, Francesco Pallotti, Romualdo Grande, Erminio Torresani, Anna Maria Tortorano

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Abstract

Histoplasma capsulatum var. capsulatum is a dimorphic fungus endemic in the eastern United States and most countries of Latin America. Sporadic cases of histoplasmosis have been reported in Europe, mainly in immigrants or people returning from highly endemic areas. We report a case of 64-year-old Italian man with endophthalmitis, an unusual presentation of H. capsulatum infection. The patient shows redness, blurred vision, localized pain in the right eye. H. capsulatum was cultured from a vitreous biopsy and yeast forms were seen at histology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-258
Number of pages3
JournalTravel Medicine and Infectious Disease
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Histoplasmosis
  • Ophthalmitis
  • Vitrectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Medicine(all)

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