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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 1971

Bilateral conjunctival suffusion: An ocular manifestation of leptospirosis

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

Date of Web Publication20-Aug-2020

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Dr. Jagat Ram
Advanced Eye Centre, PGIMER, Chandigarh
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DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_2272_19

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Khurana S, Gupta PC, Ram J. Bilateral conjunctival suffusion: An ocular manifestation of leptospirosis. Indian J Ophthalmol 2020;68:1971

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Khurana S, Gupta PC, Ram J. Bilateral conjunctival suffusion: An ocular manifestation of leptospirosis. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Mar 8];68:1971. Available from: https://www.ijo.in/text.asp?2020/68/9/1971/292553

A 21-year-old male with visual acuity 20/20 OU presented with bilateral red eyes, fever, and vomiting. Slit-lamp examination revealed bilateral non-tender, diffuse conjunctival redness, suggestive of bilateral conjunctival suffusion [Figure 1]. The systemic evaluation was notable for fever and hepatosplenomegaly; investigations revealed thrombocytopenia, raised transaminases, with pleural effusion, and ascites on ultrasonography. Serology for leptospirosis with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay technique (Immunoglobulin-M antibodies 12.56) and blood culture confirmed the diagnosis of leptospirosis. Widal test and serology for HIV and dengue were negative, with negative past history. Ocular and systemic disease resolved completely in 1 week after treatment with intravenous ceftriaxone.
Figure 1: (a) Anterior segment photograph of the right eye showing diffuse redness of the temporal and nasal conjunctiva, suggestive of right eye conjunctival suffusion. (b) Anterior segment photograph of the left eye showing diffuse redness of the temporal conjunctiva, suggestive of left eye conjunctival suffusion

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Humans become infected with the pathogenic organism, Leptospira interrogans, through water or soil contaminated by urine of infected animals.[1],[2] Conjunctival suffusion, fever, and vomiting are early features of leptospirosis. Redness of the conjunctival suffusion mimics conjunctivitis and is distinguished from it by the absence of foreign body sensation, follicular reaction, and purulent discharge.[3]

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