Ulceration of cornea
Reviewer: Nat Pernick, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 9 October 2013, last major update February 2011
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- Due to any process that causes uneven distribution of the tear film across cornea
- Bacterial ulcers often destroy epithelium and Bowmanís layer with variable stromal destruction; due to Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, E. coli, Klebsiella, Pseudomonas
- Complications include corneal perforation and scarring
- Fungal ulcers occur 8-15 days after trauma, usually involving vegetative matter; due to Candida, Aspergillus, Cephalosporium, Fusarium
- Satellite lesions are also present
- Rarely due to ocular cicatricial pemphigoid (Eur J Ophthalmol 2007;17:121)
- Eosinophils and granulomas with fungal infection
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