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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 50  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 92-94

Preseptal Cellulitis Due To Cutaneous Anthrax

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Anthrax is a zoonosis caused by Bacillus anthracis. Humans mostly contract this disease in endemic regions by direct contact with infected animals or carcasses. Eyelid involvement rarely seen. We describe two cases with black eschar formation in the lower lid with extensive edema giving a strong suspicion of anthrax. Gram’s stained smear taken from the eschar site in both the cases revealed gram-positive bacilli in short chains with typical boxcar appearance suggestive of Bacillus anthracis. The patients were treated with intravenous penicillin G,2million units six hourly for two weeks. The lesions finally healed with minimal scarring and ectropion in the second case.

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