Ulcerative keratitis and keratomalacia in a dog caused by papain: a case report

Paula Diniz Galera, Robert J. Munger, José Luiz Laus


Corneal ulceration with keratomalacia (corneal melting) is a serious disorder that can produce blindness. A one-year-old maleminiature Pinscher cross dog was presented with corneal edema caused by accidental exposure of the eye to papain (frompapaya tree). Ophthalmic exam revealed severe corneal edema and keratomalacia in the left eye. This report describes thesuccessful clinical management of the case with preservation of the cornea and vision.


melting, keratomalacia, cornea, ulcerative keratitis, papain

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