Culture-proven Aspergillus fumigatus infection in a primary hydroxyapatite orbital implant

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
Neil S SharmaMinas T Coroneo

Abstract

Hydroxyapatite orbital implants are widely used in enucleation surgery. Infection in this setting is an uncommon but severe complication. Herein a patient with a 3-year history of chronic socket discharge, orbital discomfort, conjunctival breakdown and implant exposure after enucleation and implantation of a hydroxyapatite sphere 7 years previously is reported. Repeated attempts at covering the exposed implant failed. Eventually the implant was removed, and Aspergillus fumigatus was cultured from the explanted material. This is the second reported case of Aspergillus infection of a hydroxyapatite orbital implant, and the first case where fungal cultures were positive.

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Aspergillosis
Aspergillus fumigatus
Repeat Surgery
Eye Enucleation Procedure
Fungal Eye Infections
Prosthesis-Related Infection
Alveograf
Orbital Implants (Medical Device)

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