[Keratitis punctata superficialis caused by self-injury]

Klin Monbl Augenheilkd. 1995 Aug;207(2):130-2. doi: 10.1055/s-2008-1035360.
[Article in German]


Patient: A 57-year-old patient with diabetes mellitus presented with therapy-resistant superficial punctate keratitis in his only eye. Finally self-injury was suspected. After unsuccessful medical treatment of three weeks' duration the disease could be healed promptly after application of an eyepad: the patient admitted self-manipulation.

Conclusion: In all patients with ocular pathology of uncertain origin, especially in corneal lesions, self-inflicted injury should be part of the diagnostic consideration.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Bandages
  • Corneal Injuries*
  • Diabetic Retinopathy / complications
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Keratitis / etiology*
  • Keratitis / therapy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Munchausen Syndrome / complications
  • Munchausen Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Self-Injurious Behavior / complications*
  • Self-Injurious Behavior / diagnosis