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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 545-547

Chikungunya virus iridocyclitis in Fuchs' heterochromic iridocyclitis


1 Uveitis and Ocular Immunology Services, Narayana Nethralaya, Superspeciality Eye Hospital and Post Graduate Institute of Ophthalmology, 121/C, Chord Road, Rajajinagar, 1st "R" Block, Bangalore - 560 010, Karnataka, India
2 L and T Microbiology Research Centre, Vision Research Foundation, Sankara Nethralaya, 18, College Road, Chennai - 600 006, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Padmamalini Mahendradas
Uveitis and Ocular Immunology Services, Narayana Nethralaya, Superspeciality Eye Hospital and Post Graduate Institute of Ophthalmology, 121/C, Chord Road, Rajajinagar, 1st "R" Block, Bangalore - 560 010
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.71707

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We are reporting a case of bilateral Fuchs' heterochromic iridocyclitis with chikungunya virus infection in the left eye. A 20-year-old female was presented with a past history of fever suggestive of chikungunya with bilateral Fuchs' heterochromic iridocyclitis and complicated cataract. She had a tripod dendritic pattern of keratic precipitates by confocal microscopy in the left eye with a stippled pattern of keratic precipitates in both eyes. The real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay in the aqueous humor detected 98 copies/ml of chikungunya virus RNA. The patient underwent clear corneal phacoemulsification with in-the-bag intraocular lens implantation in the left eye with a good visual outcome. This is the first report where the presence of chikungunya virus RNA has been associated with a case of bilateral Fuchs' heterochromic iridocyclitis.


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