Usefulness of aerobic microbial culture and cytologic evaluation of corneal specimens in the diagnosis of infectious ulcerative keratitis in animals

Kathleen L. Massa, Christopher J Murphy, Faye A. Hartmann, Paul E. Miller, Carolyn S. Korsower, Karen M. Young

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Objective - To determine the diagnostic value of aerobic microbial culture and cytologic evaluation of corneal specimens in the diagnosis of infectious ulcerative keratitis (IUK). Design - Prospective study. Animals - 48 animals (26 dogs, 13 horses, 7 cats, 1 bird, and 1 Ilama) with corneal ulcers. Procedure - Scrapings from corneal ulcers were examined cytologically. Corneal swab specimens were submitted for microbial culture. Animals were grouped according to whether they had been receiving antimicrobials at the time of admission. Results - Of the 38 animals receiving antimicrobials, 19 had positive results for IUK on cytologic evaluation, 20 on microbial culture, and 26 on cytologic evaluation, microbial culture, or both. Of the 10 animals not receiving antimicrobials at the time of admission, 7 had positive results for IUK on cytologic evaluation, and 9 had positive results on microbial culture. In this group of 10 animals, additional animals with IUK were not identified on the basis of cytologic evaluation alone. When all 48 animals were considered irrespective of antimicrobial treatment, 26 and 29 had positive results for IUK on cytologic evaluation and microbial culture, respectively, whereas IUK was confirmed in 35 animals on the basis of cytologic evaluation, microbial culture results, or both. Conclusions and Clinical Relevance - Microbial culture and cytologic evaluation of corneal specimens maximizes identification of IUK, especially in animals receiving antimicrobial treatment. Because of serious consequences of untreated IUK, we recommend that both diagnostic tests be used to tailor treatment and reduce risk of vision impairment in animals. (J Am Vet Med Assoc 1999;215:1671-1674).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1671-1674
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Volume215
Issue number11
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

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