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May 1960

Pseudomonas Corneal InfectionCase Report

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1960;63(5):856-858. doi:10.1001/archopht.1960.00950020858017

Useful vision is seldom retained in an eye affected with a corneal ulcer due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Bacillus pyocyaneus).1-4 In the present case report of such an infection, it was possible to recover excellent vision by a combination of prolonged antibiotic and steroid therapy, followed by a penetrating keratoplasty.

Report of Case  A merchant seaman, age 35, was chipping paint aboard a ship at sea on Jan. 31, 1958, when a foreign body lodged in his left cornea. Attempts to remove the foreign body with a moist applicator were unsuccessful. Bacitracin ointment and an eye patch were applied. Four days later, when the ship arrived in Honolulu, the patient was taken to a local hospital. Findings there were:Vision: O.D. 20/200 J 1 O.S. 20/120 J 1There was a minimal conjunctival injection of the left eye. A small corneal foreign body was present at 6 o'clock. This was