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CASE REPORT
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 1483-1484

Fungal retinitis following influenza virus type A (H1N1) infection


Advanced Eye Centre, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Punjab, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Reema Bansal
Advanced Eye Centre, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Punjab - 160 012
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1691_18

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A 43-year-old male presented with left eye foveal retinits causing an acute visual loss following influenza virus type A infection (H1N1 infection or Swine flu). Considering viral (influenza) etiology, a prompt treatment with oral corticosteroids was started. But an initial poor response prompted an immediate diagnostic vitrectomy, which revealed Candida albicans. The retinitis healed with scar formation following anti-fungal therapy. This case highlights that even in the setting of an acute retinitis in an immunocompetent patient with recent history of viral systemic illness, a high index of suspicion of a fungal (rather than viral) infection should be kept in mind.


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