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Gender differences in re-epithelialisation time in fungal corneal ulcers
  1. Tiruvengada Krishnan1,
  2. N Venkatesh Prajna2,
  3. Karsten Gronert3,
  4. Catherine E Oldenburg4,
  5. Kathryn J Ray4,
  6. Jeremy D Keenan4,
  7. Thomas M Lietman4,
  8. Nisha R Acharya4
  1. 1Aravind Eye Care System, Pondicherry, India
  2. 2Aravind Eye Care System, Madurai, India
  3. 3Vision Science School, School of Optometry, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA
  4. 4FI Proctor Foundation, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nisha R Acharya, FI Proctor Foundation, Room S309, 513 Parnassus Avenue, UCSF, San Francisco, CA 94143-0412, USA; nisha.acharya{at}ucsf.edu

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Introduction

Animal studies have demonstrated that female mice may have a slower re-epithelialisation following corneal injury compared with males.1 However, it is unknown if this translates to humans. In this report, we compare re-epithelialisation time in men and women using data collected as part of a prospective, randomised clinical trial on fungal corneal ulcers.

Methods

Clinical outcome measures were obtained in a standardised manner from a clinical trial on fungal corneal ulcers, which has been previously described.2 Patients were …

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