Prolonged Curvularia endophthalmitis due to organism sequestration

Aleksandra V. Rachitskaya, Ashvini K. Reddy, Darlene Miller, Janet Davis, Harry W. Flynn, William Smiddy, Wilfredo Lara, Selina Lin, Sander Dubovy, Thomas A. Albini

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IMPORTANCE: Endophthalmitis caused by Curvularia is a rare condition seen after cataract surgery and trauma. The clinical course has not been described previously. OBJECTIVE: To examine the clinical course of 6 postoperative and trauma-related cases of Curvularia endophthalmitis. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Retrospective case series.We reviewed the archives of the microbiology laboratory of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, a tertiary referral hospital, from January 1, 1980, through September 30, 2013, to identify cases of Curvularia endophthalmitis. Data collected included demographic information, the cause of endophthalmitis, presenting features, treatment course, the number of recurrences, the area of organism sequestration, and final visual outcome. EXPOSURES: Trauma and cataract surgery. MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES: Times from the inciting event to presentation of symptoms, diagnosis, and eradication; visual acuity; and identification of the area of sequestration. RESULTS: We identified 6 patients with Curvularia endophthalmitis, including 5 who underwent cataract surgery and 1 after trauma. The diagnosis was established rapidly in the trauma case. In the postoperative cases, the time from the surgery to first symptoms ranged from 2 to 5 months; from the surgery to correct diagnosis, 7 to 24 months; and from the surgery to eradication, 8 to 27 months. Despite aggressive antifungal therapy, eradication of the infection could be achieved only by identification and removal of the nidus of sequestration. The median follow-up was 29.5 months. CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE: In cases of endophthalmitis caused by Curvularia, the diagnosis and treatment are often delayed, especially in postoperative cases. The eradication of the organism requires identification and removal of the nidi of sequestration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1123-1126
Number of pages4
JournalJAMA ophthalmology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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