Persistent superficial punctate keratitis after resolution of chlamydial follicular conjunctivitis

D. R. Hardten, D. J. Doughman, E. J. Holland, T. W. Gothard

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Two cases of follicular conjunctivitis due to Chlamydia trachomatis followed by punctate epithelial keratitis are described. Both cases were initially treated with either oral tetracycline or doxycycline with resolution of the follicles. These two patients subsequently had recurrent, bilateral grayish lesions at various levels in the corneal epithelium that stained in a punctate fashion with fluorescein. There was anterior stromal edema associated with some of these lesions in one case. The lesions were confined mostly to the central cornea. These recurrent lesions were unassociated with a conjunctival reaction, were unresponsive to oral tetracycline, but were exquisitely responsive to low doses of topical steroids. Chlamydial conjunctivitis and the associated keratitis typically shows no response or actual exacerbation of symptoms with topical steroids, and the keratitis shows a predilection for the upper half of the cornea. These patients demonstrate that chlamydial keratoconjunctivitis might result in a clinical appearance consistent with Thygeson's superficial punctate keratitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)360-363
Number of pages4
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1992


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