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Ghost Vessels from Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Interstitial Keratitis

Contributor: William Flanary, MD

Photographer: Brice Critser, CRA

This is a 29-year-old female with a history of herpes simplex keratitis diagnosed at age 5. She has had multiple recurrences of stromal keratitis throughout her childhood. Her exam revealed a stromal scar in the left eye with regressed blood vessels ("ghost vessels"). This represents evidence of prior herpetic disease.

stromal scar in the left eye with regressed blood vessels ("ghost vessels")stromal scar in the left eye with regressed blood vessels ("ghost vessels")


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last updated: 06/01/2015