Case Study: April 2008


A painful, red, blind eye was enucleated from a diabetic patient with a nasal mass.

Figure 1 shows the retina-RPE-choroid.

Figure 2 is a silver stain of the retina.


1. What does figure 1 show?
2. What does figure 2 show?
3. Given the history what is the likeliest diagnosis in this case?

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1. Retinal and choroidal necrosis. Note how intact the RPE looks.
2. Fungal hypha-most of them were non-septate and rather irregular.
3. Mucormycosis endophthalmitis. The sclera and medial orbital wall were intact, implying that the endophthalmitis was probably metastatic.


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Acta Ophthalmol Scand. 2001 Feb;79(1):88-90.

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Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 2000 Dec;29(4):813-29. Review.