Resolution of microsporidial sinusitis and keratoconjunctivitis by itraconazole treatment

Patrizia Rossi, Carlo Urbani, Gianfranco Donelli, Edoardo Pozio

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PURPOSE: To report successful treatment of ocular infection caused by the microsporidium Encephalitozoon cuniculi in a person with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and nasal and paranasal sinus infection. METHOD: Case report. RESULTS: Microsporidial infection in a person with AIDS and with chronic sinusitis and keratoconjunctivitis was diagnosed by Weber modified trichrome stain and transmission electron microscopy. Symptoms completely resolved with itraconazole treatment (200 mg/day for 8 weeks) after albendazole therapy (400 mg/day for 6 weeks) was unsuccessful. CONCLUSION: Itraconazole can be recommended in ocular, nasal, and paranasal sinus infection caused by E. cuniculi parasites when treatment with albendazole fails.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-212
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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