Ophthalmologists beware of adenoviruses
Hanan Handor, Rajae Daoudi
The Pan African Medical Journal. ;17:205. doi:10.11604/pamj..17.205.3153

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Ophthalmologists beware of adenoviruses

Hanan Handor, Rajae Daoudi
Pan Afr Med J. 2014; 17:205. doi:10.11604/pamj.2014.17.205.3153. Published 15 Mar 2014



Epidemic keratoconjunctivitis caused by different serotypes of human adenoviruses is an explosive and highly contagious ocular surface infection. This is the case of a young ophthalmologist who presented a filamentary keratitis complicating an adenoviral keratoconjunctivitis. Filamentary keratitis is a chronic and debilitating disorder related to dry eye syndrome. Patients with filamentary keratitis report ocular discomfort ranging from mild foreign-body sensation to severe ocular pain. Filaments are composed of mucin, and degenerating and regenerating epithelial cells of the cornea. Current management of filamentary keratitis involves treating the underlying dry eye (non preserved lubricants, topical steroidal agents, and punctal plugs) and mechanical removal of filaments.


Corresponding author:
Hanan Handor, Université Mohammed V Souissi, Service d’Ophtalmologie A de l’Hôpital des Spécialités, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, Rabat, Maroc
hhandor@yahoo.fr

©Hanan Handor et al. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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