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Vol. 2, No. 3, 2011
Issue release date: September – December
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Case Rep Ophthalmol 2011;2:323–326
(DOI:10.1159/000333105)
Published: October 2011

Tarantula Hairs as Corneal Foreign Bodies

Stagg B.C.a · Ambati B.K.b
aUniversity of Utah School of Medicine, and bUniversity of Utah Moran Eye Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Case Rep Ophthalmol 2011;2:323–326 (DOI:10.1159/000333105)

Abstract

Purpose: To report a case of tarantula hairs found in the cornea and discuss treatment. Case Report: A 16-year-old male presented with a 6-week history of right ocular irritation that began after letting his pet tarantula crawl on his face. Slit-lamp examination of the right eye revealed the presence of approximately 16 dark foreign bodies that had the appearance of small hairs. The foreign bodies were removed from the nasal region of the right cornea using Jewelers forceps, and the patient was prescribed a combination neomycin, polymyxin B, and dexamethasone ointment (Maxitrol®), given 4 times per day. Results: The patient presented for follow-up 2 weeks later, with resolution of symptoms. Conclusion: Effective treatment of keratitis caused by tarantula hairs includes taking a detailed history, conducting a careful slit-lamp examination, removal of any accessible hairs, and initiation of treatment with a topical steroid as determined by the clinical picture.

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Brian Stagg
132 University VillageSalt Lake City, UT 84108 (USA)
Tel. +1 970 778 1258
E-Mail brian.stagg@hsc.utah.edu


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Published online: October 2, 2011
Number of Print Pages : 4
Number of Figures : 1,


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Case Reports in Ophthalmology

Vol. 2, No. 3, Year 2011 (Cover Date: September - December)

Journal Editor: Loewenstein A. (Tel Aviv)
ISSN: NIL (Print), eISSN: 1663-2699 (Online)

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