Suppurative corneal ulceration in Bangladesh. A study of 142 cases examining the microbiological diagnosis, clinical and epidemiological features of bacterial and fungal keratitis

Aust N Z J Ophthalmol. 1994 May;22(2):105-10. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-9071.1994.tb00775.x.


Suppurative keratitis is an important preventable cause of blindness, particularly in the developing world. This study analyses 142 cases of suppurative keratitis referred to Chittagong Eye Infirmary Bangladesh. Some 53.5% of cases were bacterial and 35.9% were fungal. The five most common pathogens were: Pseudomonas sp. 24%, Streptococcus pneumoniae 17%, Aspergillus sp. 13%, Fusarium sp. 7% and Curvularia sp. 6%. Gram stain and culture results were consistent in 62.6% of cases. Previous antibiotic treatment was a significant factor for failure of culture isolation and less so for Gram stain failure. On Gram stain, 55.9% of pseudomonal cases were missed, but only 2% of fungal cases were missed. Over all, Gram stain had a sensitivity of 62% and positive predictive value of 84% for bacterial cases, and 98% and 94% for fungal cases, respectively. Fungal ulcers were typically filamentous, but an antecedent history of trauma was not common. The most frequent injury was due to rice grains, but the inoculum appeared to be introduced during eye washing with contaminated water. Pseudomonal ulcers occurred most frequently in the monsoon season, and Fusarium cases were seen only in the hot, dry season.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Bacteria / isolation & purification
  • Bangladesh / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Cornea / microbiology
  • Corneal Ulcer / diagnosis*
  • Corneal Ulcer / epidemiology
  • Corneal Ulcer / microbiology
  • Eye Infections, Bacterial / diagnosis*
  • Eye Infections, Bacterial / epidemiology
  • Eye Infections, Fungal / diagnosis*
  • Eye Infections, Fungal / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Fungi / isolation & purification
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Microbiological Techniques
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Suppuration / diagnosis
  • Suppuration / epidemiology


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents