Intraocular molluscum contagiosum after a corneoscleral laceration

Jr Ryan, J. D. Cameron, E. Carpel

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PURPOSE: To report molluscum contagiosum as a cause of severe posttraumatic intraocular inflammation. METHODS: A 9-year-old girl developed severe intraocular inflammation in the right eye after a corneoscleral laceration. She underwent vitrectomy, and bacterial and fungal cultures of intraocular fluids were negative. A pedunculated white-tan mass removed from her right optic nerve head was sent for histologic evaluation. RESULT: Histologic examination of the tissue showed stratified keratinizing squamous epithelium with intracytoplasmic inclusions consistent with molluscum contagiosum. CONCLUSIONS: It is likely that infected epithelial cells were implanted at the time of injury. Vitrectomy as debridement was curative.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)560-561
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican journal of ophthalmology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1997


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