Animal model of Fusarium solani keratitis

Richard K. Forster, Gerbert Rebell

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Because of the frequency of fungal keratitis due to Fusarium solani, we needed a sustained, progressive infection in an animal model to determine the mechanisms of pathogenicity and to evaluate the new antifungal agents. Pigmented rabbits interlamellarly injected with actively germinating conidia from lyophilized temperature-tolerant strains of F. solani produced sustained culture-positive ulcers in 35 to 40% of the animals two weeks later. To produce progressive culture-positive ulcers in high percentage of eyes at two and three weeks, pretreatment with subconjunctival corticosteroids was necessary. Histopathology, although a poor index of infectivity since some corneas with plentiful hyphal fragments had negative cultures, simulated human fungal pathology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)510-515
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of ophthalmology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1975

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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