Purpose: To report a case of Aspergillus flavus-induced keratomycotic malignant glaucoma.
Methods: A 48-year-old woman presented with a severe corneal ulcer. She had received topical steroids for 10 days before presentation.
Results: Microbiological studies revealed A. flavus as the offending pathogen. Nonresponsive high intraocular pressure with associated shallow anterior chamber was present. With a diagnosis of keratomycotic malignant glaucoma, the patient underwent therapeutic keratoplasty with cataract extraction with posterior chamber wash. However, there was a recurrence of malignant glaucoma in the postoperative period. Patient underwent limited pars plana vitrectomy.
Conclusions: Keratomycotic malignant glaucoma is a rare complication of severe fungal ulcer. We believe that the use of topical steroids in this case probably led to increased fungal penetration, with the formation of a lens-iris fungal mass and subsequent malignant glaucoma. Nonresponse to medical therapy warrants urgent surgical intervention. To the best of our knowledge, Aspergillus-induced keratomycotic glaucoma has never been reported previously. This report also highlights that therapeutic keratoplasty with cataract extraction alone may not be sufficient for management of such cases, and a limited pars plana vitrectomy may be needed.