Candida endophthalmitis in the premature infant

J Pediatr. 1981 Mar;98(3):458-61. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3476(81)80722-6.


An attempt was made to determine the incidence and natural history of Candida endophthalmitis in the premature infant with systemic candidiasis. Each of eight premature infants were examined by indirect ophthalmoscopy within one week of their diagnosis. At this stage, four infants had multiple fluffy white lesions on both the retina and the vitreous, together with a diffuse vitreous haze. Three of the infants had interlesional and lesional-retinal vitreous strands. Three infants treated with amphotericin B and 5-fluorocytosine showed gradual disappearance of the lesions. The fourth infant died early in the course of antifungal therapy, when the eye lesions were progressing. Candida sepsis was particularly prevalent in the very low-birth-weight infant with a prolonged hospital course and treated with multiple broad-spectrum antibiotics. The course of the eye lesions indicates a good prognosis for Candida endophthalmitis, although further follow-up is necessary.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Amphotericin B / therapeutic use
  • Candidiasis / diagnosis*
  • Candidiasis / drug therapy
  • Flucytosine / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature, Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Infant, Premature, Diseases / drug therapy
  • Male
  • Ophthalmia Neonatorum / diagnosis*
  • Ophthalmia Neonatorum / drug therapy
  • Ophthalmoscopy
  • Prognosis
  • Prospective Studies


  • Amphotericin B
  • Flucytosine