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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 840

Anterior segment optical coherence tomography findings in a case of conjunctival rhinosporidiosis

Disha Eye Hospitals, Barrackpore, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Date of Web Publication16-Jul-2022

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Dr. Nibedita Das
Disha Eye Hospitals, 88 (63A) Ghoshpara Road, Barrackpore, Kolkata - 700 120, West Bengal
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DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_2819_21

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Das N, Das J. Anterior segment optical coherence tomography findings in a case of conjunctival rhinosporidiosis. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep 2022;2:840

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Das N, Das J. Anterior segment optical coherence tomography findings in a case of conjunctival rhinosporidiosis. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Aug 13];2:840. Available from: https://www.ijoreports.in/text.asp?2022/2/3/840/351153

A 20-year-old boy had redness and swelling in left eye since 45 days. Upper bulbar conjunctiva showed a red flat mass with multiple small yellowish spots, subconjunctival hemorrhage, dilated tortuous episcleral blood vessels, and an adjacent intercalary staphyloma [Figure 1]a, with clinical and histopathological diagnosis of rhinosporidiosis [Figure 1]b. The causative microorganism is Rhinosporidium seeberi, endemic to the Indian subcontinent.[1] Anterior segment optical coherent tomography (AS-OCT) showed hypertrophic conjunctival epithelium, hypoechoic cystic space, and multiple hyperreflective spots [Figure 1]c. After informed consent, the mass was excised, the defect was closed with amniotic membrane, and cryotherapy was applied to shrink the staphyloma. Rhinosporidiosis is notorious for recurrence.[2] Staphyloma is a rare complication, and possibly occurs due to enzymatic substance from the organism which may lead to rupture and loss of eyeball without prompt treatment.
Figure 1: (a) Diffuse slit-lamp photo showing red fleshy mass with yellow pinhead spot of conjunctival rhinosporidiosis and adjacent staphyloma. (b) Histopathology photomicrograph with H and E stain shows fibroconnective stroma with inflammatory infiltrate. Multiple globular cysts representing thick-walled sporangia containing numerous spores in different stages of development which are embedded in the stroma. (c) AS-OCT of rhinosporidial mass: Vertical cut showing slightly hyperreflective epithelial hypertrophy, hyporelective cystic space of subconjunctival hematoma, scleral edema with lamellar separations, and multiple hyper reflective spots with backscattering suggestive of spores

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Babu S, Anuradha A, Chandra S, Kashyap B. Rhinosporidiosis: A case report with review of literature. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2012;5:127-9.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Kuriakose ET. Oculosporidiosis: Rhinosporidiosis of the eye. Br J Ophthalmol 1963;47:346-9.  Back to cited text no. 2


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