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      Successful treatment of corneal wasp sting-induced panuveitis with vitrectomy

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          This study aims to present the management and clinical findings of a case of corneal wasp sting and to report the outcome of corneal change and panuveitis after vitrectomy.


          Clinical findings, anterior segment photographs, corneal endothelial changes, and medical treatment of corneal wasp sting-induced panuveitis are presented. A 95-year-man was stung by a wasp on his left cornea. A severe conjunctival hyperemia, marked corneal edema, corneal epithelial defect, and uveitis developed. As soon as the patient visited our clinic, topical corticosteroid and antibiotics were given, but corneal endothelial damage and uveitis did not improve. Anterior chamber irrigation was performed with oxiglutatione solution to rinse out the wasp venom. Corneal edema and anterior uveitis improved but the endothelial cell density gradually decreased and the vitreous opacity deteriorated. Therefore, a 23-gauge vitrectomy was performed. Subsequently, the corneal edema and panuveitis improved.


          Vitrectomy may be an effective treatment for corneal endothelial damage and endophthalmitis induced by a corneal wasp sting.

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                J Ophthalmic Inflamm Infect
                J Ophthalmic Inflamm Infect
                Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection
                21 January 2013
                : 3
                : 18
                [1 ]Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Graduate School of Medical Science, Kanazawa University, 13-1 Takara-machi, 920-8641, Kanazawa, Japan
                [2 ]Department of Ophthalmology, Himi Municipal Hospital, 935-8531, Himi, Japan
                Copyright ©2013 Nakatani et al; licensee Springer.

                This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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                Ophthalmology & Optometry

                corneal wasp sting, endothelial cell analysis, panuveitis, vitrectomy


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