image of Case Report: Ocular Microsporidiosis: Case in a Patient Returning from India and Review of the Literature
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Microsporidia are protists close to the kingdom of fungi that may cause eye infections. Most cases are reported in Asia and affect both immunocompromised and immunocompetent patients. Here, we report a rare case of microsporidial keratoconjunctivitis in an immunocompetent French patient 3 weeks after returning from India. In our patient, Weber trichrome staining of conjunctival scrapings revealed rounded elements approximately 1–3 μm in size. Conventional PCR analysis by ribosomal RNA subunit sequencing showed 100% identity with . Treatment by corneal debridement combined with fluoroquinolone eye drops allowed complete resolution of the lesions. Although rare, ocular microsporidiosis should be investigated in a patient who is native to Asia or has returned from an endemic area and presents with keratoconjunctivitis of undetermined etiology.


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  • Published online : 23 Apr 2018
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