|Year : 2019 | Volume
| Issue : 7 | Page : 1177
Multifocal phlyctenular conjunctivitis in association with pulmonary tuberculosis
Monika Balyan, Chintan Malhotra, Arun Kumar Jain
Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Services, Advanced Eye Centre, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India
|Date of Web Publication||25-Jun-2019|
Dr. Chintan Malhotra
Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Services, Advanced Eye Centre, PGIMER, Chandigarh - 160 012
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Balyan M, Malhotra C, Jain AK. Multifocal phlyctenular conjunctivitis in association with pulmonary tuberculosis. Indian J Ophthalmol 2019;67:1177
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Balyan M, Malhotra C, Jain AK. Multifocal phlyctenular conjunctivitis in association with pulmonary tuberculosis. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Aug 3];67:1177. Available from: http://www.ijo.in/text.asp?2019/67/7/1177/261005
An 11-year-old girl with left eye redness and watering for 2 months presented with left eye multiple raised, gelatinous conjunctival lesions around 2 × 2 mm size, arranged along the limbus [Figure 1]a with central erosion and positive fluorescence stain [Figure 1]b and surrounded by engorged, hyperaemic conjunctival vessels. A diagnosis of phlyctenulosis was made and topical steroid drops were started. On retrospect she gave history of productive cough for 15 days for which systemic evaluation was done. Her Mantoux test [Figure 1]c and sputum for acid-fast bacilli came positive along with chest radiograph changes [Figure 1]d. She was started on antitubercular therapy for pulmonary tuberculosis. The ocular lesions healed in a week without scarring [Figure 1]e on topical steroid drops.
|Figure 1: (a) Anterior segment photograph showing multiple phlyctens standing out in background of conjunctival hyperaemia (b) nodules staining positive with fluorescein dye (c) positive tuberculin test (14 × 16 mm) read after 48 hrs (d) Chest X ray showing right-sided mid-zone consolidation (blue arrow) and right-sided hilar lymphadenopathy (red arrow) along with blunting of right costophrenic angle (black arrow) suggestive of pleural effusion (e) lesions resolved without scarring post 1-week topical steroid therapy|
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Phlyctenular keratoconjunctivitis is a hypersensitivity reaction to a foreign antigen., The ocular findings sometimes may point towards presence of systemic tuberculosis.
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