Rare case of polymicrobial keratitis with balantidium coli

Manali Hazarika, H. Vijaya Pai, Vinay Khanna, Harish Reddy, Kriti Tilak, Kiran Chawla

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Purpose: To report a rare case of polymicrobial keratitis due to Balantidium coli and gram-negative bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella pneumoniae, in a soft contact lens (CL) wearer. Methods: We report a case of CL-related keratitis due to B. coli, P. aeruginosa, and K. pneumoniae. Results: The culture of the corneal scrapings, the CL cleaning solution, and the CL revealed the growth of a rare ciliated parasite, B. coli, along with gram-negative bacteria, namely, P. aeruginosa and K. pneumoniae. The patient was successfully treated with topical broad-spectrum antibiotics and intravenous metronidazole. Conclusions: Polymicrobial keratitis has seldom been reported with B. coli as the causative agent. CL wear can be a risk factor for this infection. Treatment with topical antibiotics may not suffice, and the intravenous route of antiprotozoal drugs may be a useful adjunct. Increasing awareness, early diagnosis, and treatment may improve the final visual outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1665-1667
Number of pages3
JournalCornea
Volume35
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30-06-2016

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Balantidium
Keratitis
Contact Lenses
Klebsiella pneumoniae
Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Gram-Negative Bacteria
Contact Lens Solutions
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Hydrophilic Contact Lens
Metronidazole
Early Diagnosis
Parasites
Therapeutics
Growth
Infection
Pharmaceutical Preparations

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  • Ophthalmology

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Hazarika, Manali ; Vijaya Pai, H. ; Khanna, Vinay ; Reddy, Harish ; Tilak, Kriti ; Chawla, Kiran. / Rare case of polymicrobial keratitis with balantidium coli. In: Cornea. 2016 ; Vol. 35, No. 12. pp. 1665-1667.
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Hazarika, M, Vijaya Pai, H, Khanna, V, Reddy, H, Tilak, K & Chawla, K 2016, 'Rare case of polymicrobial keratitis with balantidium coli', Cornea, vol. 35, no. 12, pp. 1665-1667. https://doi.org/10.1097/ICO.0000000000000982

Rare case of polymicrobial keratitis with balantidium coli. / Hazarika, Manali; Vijaya Pai, H.; Khanna, Vinay; Reddy, Harish; Tilak, Kriti; Chawla, Kiran.

In: Cornea, Vol. 35, No. 12, 30.06.2016, p. 1665-1667.

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