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      Úlcera de córnea: estudo retrospectivo de casos atendidos no Hospital das Clínicas da Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo Translated title: Corneal ulcer: a retrospective study of a cases seen at the Hospital das Clínicas, Federal University of Espirito Santo

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          Objetivo: Identificar os principais agentes etiológicos das úlceras de córnea atendidas no principal centro de referência para esta moléstia no estado do Espírito Santo (Hospital Universitário Cassiano Antônio de Moraes – HUCAM). Métodos: Estudo retrospectivo de prontuários, identificados por meio dos registros do laboratório de microbiologia do HUCAM, dos casos de úlcera de córnea submetidos à coleta de material para análise microbiológica no período de janeiro de 2009 a junho de 2013. Resultados: Dos 398 casos foram estudados e o resultado da cultura foi positivo em 60% e negativo em 40% dos casos. A bacterioscopia foi positiva em 28%, negativa em 61% e não foi realizada em 11%. Dentre o total de exames, 16,3% foram classificados como material insuficiente para análise. O exame microbiológico, incluindo bacterioscopia e cultura, foi positivo em 250 exames (62,8%), sendo identificado bactérias em 48% dos casos, fungos em 17,6% e protozoários em 0,8%. Conclusão: Este trabalho identificou os principais agentes etiológicos envolvidos na UC atendidas no HUCAM. Desta forma, fornecemos subsídios para um melhor o diagnóstico presuntivo e condução mais apropriada do tratamento empírico inicial, quando indicado. As bactérias Gram-positivas e fungos filamentosos apresentam papel de destaque na etiologia das UC no ES.

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          Purpose: To identify the major etiological agents of UC in the main referral center for this disease in the state of Espírito Santo (Hospital Universitario Cassiano Antonio de Moraes – HUCAM). Methods: This is a retrospective study of UC cases that underwent microbiological analysis from january 2009 to june 2013 at HUCAM. Results: Three hundred ninety-eight cases were studied. Microbiological cultures were positive in 60% and negative in 40% of cases. The Gram stain was positive in 28%, negative in 61% and was not performed in 11%.Among the total number of tests, 16.3% were classified as insufficient material for analysis.The microbiological examination, including gram stain and culture, was positive in 250 tests (62.8%). It was identified bacteria in 48%, fungi in 17.6% and protozoa in 0,8% of cases. Conclusions: The study identified the main etiological agents involved in the UC at HUCAM. Hence, it provides data that can help physicians to do a better presumptive diagnosis and a more appropirate initial empirical treatment when indicated. Gram positive bacteria and filamentous fungi have a prominent role in the etiology of UC in ES.

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                [1 ] Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo Brazil
                [2 ] Empresa Brasileira de Ensino, Pesquisa e Extensão Brasil
                [3 ] Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo Brazil
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                Revista Brasileira de Oftalmologia
                Rev. bras.oftalmol.
                Sociedade Brasileira de Oftalmologia (Rio de Janeiro )
                April 2015
                : 74
                : 2
                : 76-80
                S0034-72802015000200076 10.5935/0034-7280.20150018


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