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Melissa B Daluvoy MD, Neelofar Ghaznawi MD, Kristin M Hammersmith MD, Edwin S Chen MD, Christopher J Rapuano MD, Elisabeth J Cohen MD Cornea Service, Wills.

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1 Melissa B Daluvoy MD, Neelofar Ghaznawi MD, Kristin M Hammersmith MD, Edwin S Chen MD, Christopher J Rapuano MD, Elisabeth J Cohen MD Cornea Service, Wills Eye Institute, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA The authors have no financial interest in the subject matter of this poster

2 Introduction:  Epithelial basement membrane dystrophy (EBMD) is the most common anterior corneal dystrophy.  Histopathologically, the epithelial basement membrane has poorly functioning adhesion complexes leading to a weak attachment of epithelium to Bowman’s membrane; making these corneas more susceptible to spontaneous or recurrent erosions (RES) 1.  Any break in the epithelium can predispose a cornea to microbial infection.  One study of corneal infections (n=1786) reported 0.6% were secondary to RES 2. In our experience EBMD is a small, but real, risk for infectious keratitis.

3 Clinical photograph of a patient with epithelial basement dystrophy Courtesy of Edwin S. Chen, MD Histopathology of degenerated epithelial cells trapped in abnormal epithelium; presents clinically as a microcyst. Courtesy of Ralph Eagle, MD

4 Purpose: To describe infectious keratitis due to underlying hereditary EBMD and EBM changes from previous trauma.

5 Methods:  We performed a retrospective chart review of patients with infectious keratitis secondary to EBMD from 1/1/2007 to 9/30/2009 at a tertiary care center.  Patients with recent trauma, bullous keratopathy, or contact lens wear were excluded.  Laterality of EBMD changes, history of remote trauma, RES, and social, medical and ocular history were recorded.  The active treatment for the keratitis, duration of follow-up and time to resolution, vision as well as culture results and complications were also noted.

6 Results:  Thirteen patients were identified.  All patients were referred for consultation after onset of infection and initiation of some form of treatment.  Average age at onset of the infection was /-12.8 years; 61.5% were female.  All cases had unilateral infections; 61.5% were of the right eye.  92.3% had EBMD in both eyes  23.1% had reported history of remote trauma in the affected eye  46.2% had reported history of RES in the affected eye.  Clinical findings on presentation included infiltrate (100%), epithelial defect(85%), hypopyon(23%), and stromal edema(69%).  All were treated with topical antibiotics  8 (61.5%) were cultured: 5 (62.5%) of those were positive  6 (46.2%) patients were started on fortified antibiotics/antifungals on their 1 st visit.  Pathogens included S. aureus, S. epidermidis, P. aeruginosa, MRSA, and Candida.  One patient was hospitalized and treated for corneal perforation.

7 Results: 13 Patients 5 Not cultured Tx= flouroquinolones 8 Cultured 3=No Growth 5=Positive Candida & haemophilus Coag-neg Staph Staph Aur. Pseudomonas MRSA

8 Results: Pt/ Sex AgeEBMDTr. Hx RESCultureTreatment/CourseF/uVA on Present- ation Final VA 1/F50OU++No Growth Topical Voriconazole, amphotericin, and moxifloxacin; oral voriconazole; atropine; polysporin oint; new hypopyon w/ d/c of moxiflozacin –restarted;Pred Ac. 1% added day days 20/40020/60 2/F66OU-UKNot done Gatifloxacin, ciprofloxacin oint1 visit 20/20 3/F92OU-UKNot done Gatifloxacin, polysporin oint, BCL6 days 20/20020/40 4/F56OU-+Not done Bacitracin oint1 visit 20/20 5/M52OU++Candida & hemophilis Topical F. gentamycin, F vancomycin, voriconazole, atropine, PO cefazolin, timolol, * Day 4 perforation repaired with glue & BCL, PO voriconazole, brinonidine, dorzolamide, moxifloxacin, 305 days 20/8020/50 6/F65OU--No Growth F. cefazolin, F. tobramycin, scopolamine3 days 20/8020/40 7/M52OU-+Coag Neg Staph Atropine, topical levofloxacin, erythromycin oint89 days CF20/40 8/M68OUUKUNNot done Topical levofloxacin, azithromycin ophthalmic solution35 days 20/30 9/F52OS--Not done Topical levofloxacin, polysporin oint10 days 20/5020/40 10/M58OUUK+S. Aureus F. cefazolin, F. tobramycin, cyclopentolate1 visit CF 11/F81OU+UNPseudomo nas Topical gatifloxacin, F. cefazolin, scopolamine, muro oint, ciprofloxacin oint, PO doxycycline, Day 31 Pred Ac 1% added 45 days HM20/ /F59OU-UNNo Growth Topical F. Vancomycin, F. gentamycin, scopolamine, polysporin oint, Day 22 loteprednol added 53 days 20/7020/30 13/M50OUUK+MRSA Topical F. cefazolin, F. tobramycin, scopolamine, polysporin oint, moxifloxacin, Day 19 loteprednol added 107 days CF20/25

9 Previous studies: culture results cultured; all were pos: Pseudomonas; S. aureus (2) 2 cultured = all neg 11 cultured = S. aureus (2) 1 cultured = all neg 5 cultured = all neg

10 Conclusion:  EBMD is known to cause considerable morbidity including ocular pain, RES and decreased vision 8.  Infectious keratitis is a vision threatening complication that can lead to scarring and perforation.  Our series had a 62.5% culture positivity rate with a wide variety of organisms.  Given the serious ocular morbidity associated with infectious keratitis we recommend intense antimicrobial treatment as first line therapy.  When counseling patients regarding the prognosis and treatment of EBMD or faced with an ulcer of unknown etiology, ophthalmologists should consider the possibility of infectious complications caused by EBMD.

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