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Ocular sporotrichosis from a tertiary referral center in Malaysia and review of literature in Southeast Asia


1 Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Health Campus, Kubang Kerian, Malaysia
2 Department of Ophthalmology, Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia

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Julieana Muhammed,
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, School of Medical Sciences, Health Campus Universiti Sains Malaysia, 16150 Kubang Kerian, Kelantan
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DOI: 10.4103/tjo.tjo_93_20

Ocular sporotrichosis is rare in Malaysia and Southeast Asia and is increasingly reported in endemic areas of Brazil and Peru. We describe six cases of ocular sporotrichosis involving the bulbar conjunctiva and lid with a literature review on ocular sporotrichosis in Southeast Asia. In these series, four patients presented with similar findings of granulomatous lesion at the palpebral conjunctiva within 1–3 weeks. There was one case mistakenly diagnosed as conjunctival concretion due to its multiple yellowish nodules on the palpebral conjunctiva and another case as chalazion due to swelling of the lower lid. All patients showed immunocompetence. Four patients had an immediate contact with sick cats, one patient had a history of skin scratched by a healthy cat, and another patient had a history of gardening without direct contact with cat. Culture from conjunctival biopsy obtained from five patients and from ruptured lower lid nodules of one patient yielded Sporothrix schenckii. The patients were successfully treated with oral itraconazole 200 mg twice daily. Two patients developed symblepharon after completing treatment, while four patients showed good results without any sequelae.


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