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Alternaria Growth in Contact lens of a Patient


avatar F Sheikhi 1 , * , avatar J Omidian 1 , avatar MR Ansari 1 , avatar F Daneshgar 1 , avatar E Ghaderi 1

1 Iran

How to Cite: Sheikhi F, Omidian J, Ansari M, Daneshgar F, Ghaderi E. Alternaria Growth in Contact lens of a Patient. J Kermanshah Univ Med Sci. 2005;8(4):e81510.


Journal of Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences: 8 (4); e81510
Published Online: March 19, 2005
Article Type: Case Report
Received: November 10, 2004
Accepted: February 05, 2005


Introduction: Some fungi such as Aspergillus, Alternaria, Cladosporium and Fuzadium can peneterate matrix of contact lens. Alternaria is a saprop and a pathogen in plants which is rarely seen in human being. This paper reported one case of contact lens contamination with Alternaria in human.
Case Report: The patient is a 24 year old woman who had used contact lens for 7 months. Since she was on a trip she couldn’t use the lenses and after 3 days some black spots were seen on the lenses. She  consulted an ophthalmologist. The lenses was cultured and Alternaria was reported.
Conclussion: The lens and its fluid can be a good enviroment for the growth of bacteria and fungi which rarely cause illness in human, so keeping lenses in sterilized conditions is recommended.


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