Chaetomium retinitis

Khalid F. Tabbara, Keith Wedin, Saad Al Haddab

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Purpose: To report a case of Chaetomium atrobrunneum retinitis in a patient with Hodgkin lymphoma. Methods: We studied the ocular manifestations of an 11-year-old boy with retinitis. Biomicroscopy, ophthalmoscopy, and fundus photography were done. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain was performed. A vitreous biopsy was subjected to viral, bacterial, and fungal cultures. Results: Vitreous culture grew C. atrobrunneum. Magnetic resonance imaging showed multiple cerebral lesions consistent with an infectious process. The patient was given intravenous voriconazole and showed improvement of the ocular and central nervous system lesions. Conclusion: We report a case of central nervous system and ocular lesions by C. atrobrunneum. The retinitis was initially misdiagnosed as cytomegaloviral retinitis. Vitreous biopsy helped in the early diagnosis and prompt treatment of a life- and visionthreatening infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-10
Number of pages3
JournalRetinal Cases and Brief Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2010


  • Central nervous system
  • Chaetomium atrobrunneum
  • CMV retinitis
  • Fungal retinitis
  • Immunocompromised host
  • Optic nerve head
  • Retina
  • Retinitis
  • Uveitis
  • Vitreous aspirate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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