Volume : VII, Issue : VII, July - 2017

A STUDY OF CALOTROPIS INDUCED OCULAR TOXICITY IN WESTERN RAJASTHAN

Dr Radhmesh Mittal, Dr Arvind Chauhan

Abstract :

 Objective: To assess spectrum of ocular toxicity caused by latex of calotropis procera and its management.

 

Methods : Prospective study on 15 cases.  All patients underwent complete examination including visual acuity assessment, slit lamp examination, fundus evaluation, tonometry and fluorescein staining. Specular microscopy was carried out to confirm presence of corneal oedema and evaluate endothelial cell count and morphology. Patient were treated with topical corticosteroid , cycloplegic and tear supplement.

 

Results: In this series, all patients presented with sudden dimness of vision with photophobia due to corneal edema with Descemet‘s folds. Again as with other reports, pain was surprisingly absent in all the cases.

 

Conclusion: the latex of Calotropis procera causes immediate severe corneal damage with painless sudden dimness of vision. It may also cause reduction in endothelial cell count over a period of time.

Keywords : calotropis    latex    keratitis  

Article: Download PDF   DOI : 10.36106/ijar  

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Dr Radhmesh mittal, Dr Arvind chauhan, A STUDY OF CALOTROPIS INDUCED OCULAR TOXICITY IN WESTERN RAJASTHAN, INDIAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED RESEARCH : Volume‾7 | Issue‾7 | July‾2017


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