Polymicrobial keratomycosis in a three-year-old child

Fulvio Parentin, Tatiana Liberali, Paolo Perissutti

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Purpose: To describe a previously unreported case of polymicrobial mycotic keratitis caused by an association between Candida lusitaniae, C. pampsilosis, and Geotrichum candidum. Methods: A three-year-old child with an antecedent trauma with vegetable matter and a prolonged use of corticosteroid eyedrops developed fungal keratitis. Results: The isolates of the corneal scraping using Sabaraud dextrose agar grew C. lusitaniae, C. parapsilosis, and G. candidum. After topical 0.2% and systemic fluconazole treatment, the corneal lesion resolved with no recurrence. Conclusions: Corneal trauma with vegetables and the indiscriminate use of corticosteroids are important risk factors for mycotic keratitis. A combination of topical 0.2% and systemic fluconazole therapy was effective in the treatment of this mycotic association. This is the first report of fungal keratitis caused by C. lusitaniae and G. candidum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-131
Number of pages3
JournalOcular Immunology and Inflammation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2006


  • Candida lusitaniae
  • Candida parapsilosis
  • Child
  • Geotrichum candidum
  • Keratitis
  • Polymicrobial keratomycosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Ophthalmology


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