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Optimal management of equine keratomycosis

Authors Galera, Brooks D

Received 30 December 2011

Accepted for publication 29 January 2012

Published 15 March 2012 Volume 2012:3 Pages 7—17


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Paula D Galera1, Dennis E Brooks2
1College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Brasilia, DF, Brazil; 2Departments of Large and Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

Abstract: Keratomycosis in the horse exists in several unique clinical forms. This paper discusses the diagnosis and clinical management of keratomycosis in the horse associated with tear film instability, epithelial keratopathy, subepithelial infiltrates, superficial and deep ulcers, plaques, melting ulcers, descemetoceles, iris prolapse, and stromal abscesses. Prompt diagnosis and aggressive treatment of equine keratomycosis can make a major difference in the maintenance of a cosmetic and visual eye.

Keywords: fungal keratitis, keratomycosis, horse, cornea, melting, keratoplasty

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