Acta Scientific Ophthalmology (ISSN: 2582-3191)

Case Report Volume 5 Issue 9

C. burnetii Chorioretinitis: A Case Report

Paolo Amato*, Matteo Forlini and Alessandro Mularoni

Ophthalmology Department, I.S.S. Istituto Per La Sicurezza Sociale, Repubblica di San Marino, Via La Toscana, San Marino

*Corresponding Author: Paolo Amato, Ophthalmology Department, I.S.S. Istituto Per La Sicurezza Sociale, Repubblica di San Marino, Via La Toscana, San Marino.

Received: July 29, 2022; Published: August 11, 2022


Q fever chorioretinitis

The Q-Fever is a disease caused by Coxiella burnetii, infrequent zoonosis which rarely involve the ocular structures. C. burnetii is vehiculated by a organic/inorganic particles dispersed in the air (droplets). For this reason the primary site of infections is the respiratory tract. Clinically the Q-Fever may be misdiagnosed for a common flu also because of its self-limiting nature. The acute stage may be followed by the chronic phase in 5% of cases in which can be involved the cardiac and hepatic district [1,2]. The early diagnosis can permit the reduction of chronicity index and therefore the tissue damage and related organ failure, thanks to the use of doxicicline as first line therapy.

A great variety of chorioretinal findings was described related to infections of R. conorii, but very poor data was reported in literature concerning ocular findings in C. burnetii infection [3,4].

Keywords: C. burnetiid; Fever; Chorioretinitis


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Citation: Paolo Amato., et al.C. burnetii Chorioretinitis: A Case Report".Acta Scientific Ophthalmology 5.9 (2022): 20-22.


Copyright: © 2022 Paolo Amato., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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