Ocular papillary changes on the caruncle surface in allergic conjunctivitis
Poster Feb 21, 2015
Milton M. Hom, OD, FAAO1, Leslie E. O’Dell, OD, FAAO2, Carl J. May, Jr., MD2, Leonard Bielory, MD3
Rationale: The caruncle is located in the nasal corner of the eye and can be easily viewed. Prior reports have associated papillary changes on the caruncle surface as diagnostic sign of allergic conjunctivitis. We examined the caruncle and the rest of the palpebral conjunctiva under magnification and fluorescein dye to determine surface roughness in this multi-site, non-interventional, retrospective chart review.
Methods: Subjects over age 18 were viewed with a slit lamp and fluorescein dye under cobalt blue light with a yellow filter as part of routine eye examination. The caruncle was graded in 0.5 steps (0 smooth/normal to 4 severe papillary response). The palpebral conjunctiva was also examined and graded in the same manner.
Results: 285 consecutive patients were seen in two clinics. Significant differences were found between the caruncle and palpebral surfaces scores (p<.0000). The caruncle scores were consistently higher (mean 1.76 SD 0.82) than palpebral conjunctiva scores (mean 1.34 SD 0.74). Pearson correlation was 0.3 (p<.0000)
Conclusions: Greater papillae in the caruncle may indicate a greater inflammatory response when compared to the palpebral conjunctiva. This may explain why eye rubbing with allergic conjunctivitis is more likely to occur in the corner of the eyes where the caruncle is located. Allergists can examine the caruncle with the naked eye. Along with the location of eye rubbing, this can help to diagnose allergic conjunctivitis.
Cerebral Malaria Insights: Pathogenesis, Host Parasite Interactions including Host ResistancePoster
Cerebral malaria is a dreadful disease transmitted by mosquito. The major preventive approach is focused more in vector control than development of anti-malarial drug. The purpose of this presentation is to analyze different aspects of disease manifestations including clinical symptoms and pathogenesis in the context of mosquito borne infections in different geographical regions of the world.READ MORE
Amoebic Meningoencephalitis: Etiology, Infection and PreventionPoster
The presentation covers the different types of organisms that can cause amoebic meningioencephalitis. The two main types focused on are primary amoebic meningioencephalitis and granulomatous amoebic meningioencephalitis. The method of transmission and target hosts are vastly different. Prevention of these diseases is imperfect at best, as complete avoidance is the only way to not contract the disease.READ MORE
Depressive Symptoms Related to Biological Markers of Immune Functioning among Young People with HIVPoster
Youth living with HIV (YLWH) are at risk for depression. This study aimed to identify trends in depressive symptoms for YLWH in a specialty-care clinic and follow up clinical treatment procedures.READ MORE
Comments | 0 ADD COMMENT
7th International Conference on Bacteriology and Infectious Diseases
Jun 04 - Jun 05, 2018