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Volume 26

October - December 2010

Number  4


 

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Conjunctival Mycoflora in Patients Presenting
to Eye Ward of Imam Khomeini Hospital, Ahvaz

Mostafa Feghhi1, Ali Zarei Mahmoudabadi2,
Hosein Roustaei3, Roja Aghajan Zadeh4

Abstract

Objectives: To investigate the incidence of fungal mycoflora of conjunctiva in patients attending teaching department of ophthalmology, Imam Khomeini Hospital, Ahvaz, Iran.

Methodology: One hundred and seventy two swabs were collected from the conjunctiva of patients attending to eye ward of the hospital during autumn 2007 to summer 2008. Swabs were cultured on Sabouraudís Dextrose Agar and incubated at ambient temperature for one week.

Results: Eleven patients were positive for saprophytic fungi. The most common saprophytic fungus was Cladopsporium (four cases). Other filamentous fungi were Drechslera (one case), Alternaria (one case), Fusarium (one case) and Epicoccum (one case). In addition, three isolates of yeasts include Cryptococcus, Candida albicans and Rhodotorula rubra were also isolated from patients.

Conclusion: There was a remarkable presence of fungi in the conjunctiva of patients. The environmental conditions, the socioeconomic status and personal poor hygienic conditions, led to the high incidence of conjunctival fungus isolation (6.4%). The incidence was much higher in males (72.7%) as (27.3%) in females.

KEY WORDS: Conjunctiva, Mycoflora, Fungi, Saprophyte.

Pak J Med Sci    October - December 2010    Vol. 26 No. 4    935-937

How to cite this article:

Feghhi M, Mahmoudabadi AZ, Roustaei H, Zadeh RA.Conjunctival Mycoflora in patients presenting to Eye ward of Imam Khomeini Hospital, Ahvaz. Pak J Med Sci 2010;26(4): 935-937


1. Mostafa Feghhi, MD, Associate Professor,
Ophthalmologist,
2. Ali Zarei Mahmoudabadi, PhD,
Associate Professor, Mycologist,
3. Hosein Roustaei, MD,
4. Roja Aghajan Zadeh, MD,
1,3,4: Department of Ophthalmology,
Imam Khomeini Hospital, School of Medicine,
Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences,
Ahvaz, Iran
2: Infectious and Tropical Diseases Research Centre,
Department of Medical Mycoparasitology,
School of Medicine,
Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences,
Ahvaz, Iran

Correspondence:

Ali Zarei Mahmoudabadi,
Infectious and Tropical Diseases Research Centre,
Department of Medical Mycoparasitology,
School of Medicine,
Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences,
Ahvaz, Iran
E-mail: zarei40@hotmail.com

* Received for Publication: February 15, 2010

* Accepted: June 26, 2010
 



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