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Corneal perforation requiring corneal grafting: a rare complication of gonococcal eye infection


The authors present a case of severe gonococcal conjunctivitis associated with corneal perforation of the right eye in a 25-year-old homosexual man. Inpatient management and corneal grafting were required. The authors demonstrate that Neisseria gonorrhoea should be considered in the presence of purulent conjunctival discharge with a white patch on the cornea or reduced vision. Regardless of whether a patient has genital symptoms, they should be referred urgently to an ophthalmologist to ensure adequate treatment of this rare but sight-threatening complication.

  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae
  • corneal perforation
  • HIV
  • grafting
  • corneal
  • ophthalmia

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