June 1977

Listeria monocytogenes Endophthalmitis

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Infectious Disease (Drs Bagnarello, Weinstein, and McHenry) and Ophthalmology (Drs Berlin and O'Connor), Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1977;95(6):1004-1005. doi:10.1001/archopht.1977.04450060090008

Listeria monocytogenes and a staphylococcus organism caused a catastrophic endophthalmitis in a patient despite appropriate local and systemic antimicrobial chemotherapy. Although L monocytogenes is widespread in nature and has produced a variety of clinical illnesses, It has only once previously been reported to cause endophthalmitis. If appropriate microbiologic techniques are not employed, the organism may go unrecognized as an ocular pathogen.

(Arch Ophthalmol 95:1004-1005, 1977)