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BRIEF COMMUNICATION
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 341-344

Rhodotorula mucilaginosa Keratitis: A rare fungus from Eastern India


1 Ocular Microbiology Laboratory Services, Priyamvada Birla Aravind Eye Hospital, 10 Loudon Street, Kolkata; Department of Microbiology, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, India
2 Cornea & Refractive Services, Priyamvada Birla Aravind Eye Hospital, 10 Loudon Street, Kolkata, India
3 Department of Microbiology, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, India

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Suman Saha
Ocular Microbiology Division, Priyamvada Birla Aravind Eye Hospital, 10, Loudon Street, Kolkata-700017, West Bengal
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.111133

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Rhodotorula mucilaginosa rarely cause keratitis in immunocompromised individuals. A 30 year old male with history of minor trauma presented with cotton wool like stromal infiltration and hypopyon in left eye. Microbiological examination of corneal scraping showed fungal hyphae and yeast cells in direct smear. Molecular identification of the organism was performed which showed 100% homology with Rhodotorula mucilaginosa. Management of these cases is difficult often necessitating surgical procedures. However further reports are necessary to understand the disease and establish a treatment protocol.


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