Determinants of Outcomes of Adenoviral Keratoconjunctivitis

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  • Cecilia S. Lee
  • Aaron Y. Lee
  • Lakshmi Akileswaran
  • David Stroman
  • Kathryn Najafi-Tagol
  • Steve Kleiboeker
  • James Chodosh
  • Amalia Magaret
  • Anna Wald
  • Russell N. Van Gelder
  • BAYnovation Study Group
  • Saaeha Rauz (Contributor)

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • University of Washington, Seattle
  • NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Viracor Eurofins Clinical Diagnostics
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


PURPOSE: To determine host and pathogen factors predictive of outcomes in a large clinical cohort with keratoconjunctivitis.

DESIGN: Retrospective analyses of the clinical and molecular data from a randomized, controlled, masked trial for auricloscene for keratoconjunctivitis (NVC-422 phase IIB, NovaBay; identifier, NCT01877694).

PARTICIPANTS: Five hundred participants from United States, India, Brazil, and Sri Lanka with clinical diagnosis of keratoconjunctivitis and positive rapid test results for adenovirus.

METHODS: Clinical signs and symptoms and bilateral conjunctival swabs were obtained on days 1, 3, 6, 11, and 18. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis was performed to detect and quantify adenovirus in all samples. Regression models were used to evaluate the association of various variables with keratoconjunctivitis outcomes. Time to resolution of each symptom or sign was assessed by adenoviral species with Cox regression.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The difference in composite scores of clinical signs between days 1 and 18, mean visual acuity change between days 1 and 18, and time to resolution of each symptom or sign.

RESULTS: Of 500 participants, 390 (78%) showed evidence of adenovirus by PCR. Among adenovirus-positive participants, adenovirus D species was most common (63% of total cases), but a total of 4 species and 21 different types of adenovirus were detected. Adenovirus D was associated with more severe signs and symptoms, a higher rate of subepithelial infiltrate development, and a slower decline in viral load compared with all other adenovirus species. The clinical courses of all patients with non-adenovirus D species infection and adenovirus-negative keratoconjunctivitis were similar. Mean change in visual acuity between days 1 and 18 was a gain of 1.9 letters; worse visual outcome was associated with older age.

CONCLUSIONS: A substantial proportion of keratoconjunctivitis is not associated with a detectable adenovirus. The clinical course of those with adenovirus D keratoconjunctivitis is significantly more severe than those with non-adenovirus D species infections or adenovirus-negative keratoconjunctivitis; high viral load at presentation and non-United States origin of participants is associated with poorer clinical outcome.


Original languageEnglish
Article number2017-2164
Early online date27 Mar 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Mar 2018

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