|Description:||This image depicts the right eye of a patient, which had become infected with what was determined to be the fungal organism, Candida parapsilosis. This inflammatory response led to the formation of a corneal ulcer that can be seen as a whitish patch atop the pupil. Note the purulent exudate collecting in the region of the medial canthus, and the accompanying scleral erythema, or reddening. See PHIL 15632, and 15635, for a better look at the right eye's corneal ulceration.|
Candida parapsilosis is known as a “non-albicans” fungal specie, and is known to cause nosocomial infections in hospitalized patients. Due to the use of parenteral nutrition lines in the critical care setting, C. parapsilosis is known to infect surgical patients, and critically ill neonates, primarily due to the indwelling nature of these medically-necessary access ports. See the link below for more information concerning C. parapsilosis infections.