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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

EyeRounds Online Atlas of Ophthalmology

Contributor: Jordan M. Graff, MD, University of Iowa

Category: Cornea

HSV Keratitis

HSV Keratitis

Not all cases of HSV keratitis have the large, arborating brightly staining dendrites seen in classic text-book examples. The lesions in this case of documented HSV keratitis are multiple, smaller, and with less impressive branching. However, the clinician should recognize the dendritic appearance. The overall context of the patient's clinical presentation helps to make the diagnosis (pain, photophobia, blurred vision, tearing, epithelial vessicles, decreased corneal sensation).

HSV Keratitis

Flourescein staining and cobalt blue light illumination of the same lesions seen in Figure 1.

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last updated: 02-08-2008
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