Culture-proven Aspergillus fumigatus infection in a primary hydroxyapatite orbital implant

Neil S. Sharma*, Ju Lee Ooi, Tiba C. Maloof, Geoffrey Wilcsek, Ian C. Francis, Minas T. Coroneo

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Hydroxyapatite orbital implants are widely used in enucleation surgery. Infection in this setting is an uncommon but severe complication. Herein a patient with a 3-year history of chronic socket discharge, orbital discomfort, conjunctival breakdown and implant exposure after enucleation and implantation of a hydroxyapatite sphere 7 years previously is reported. Repeated attempts at covering the exposed implant failed. Eventually the implant was removed, and Aspergillus fumigatus was cultured from the explanted material. This is the second reported case of Aspergillus infection of a hydroxyapatite orbital implant, and the first case where fungal cultures were positive.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-295
Number of pages2
JournalClinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007


  • Fungal
  • Infection
  • Orbital disease


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