How are the geographic ulcers of infectious epithelial keratitis characterized?

Updated: Jan 18, 2019
  • Author: Jim C Wang (王崇安), MD; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
  • Print
Answer

If the infectious ulcer enlarges, its shape is no longer linear. It is then referred to as a geographic ulcer. The swollen epithelial cells and the scalloped or geographic borders differentiate this infectious lesion from the smooth borders of a neurotrophic ulcer. (See the image below.)

Herpes simplex virus geographic ulcer stained with Herpes simplex virus geographic ulcer stained with fluorescein and rose bengal.

Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!