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November 1969

Mycobacterium fortuitum Infection of the Cornea: A Report of Two Cases

Author Affiliations

Washington, DC; Durham, NC; Washington, DC
From the Registry of Ophthalmic Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC (Dr. Zimmerman); McPherson Hospital, Durham, NC (Dr. Turner); and George Washington University Hospital, Washington, DC (Dr. McTigue).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1969;82(5):596-601. doi:10.1001/archopht.1969.00990020594005

Although Mycobacterium fortuitum is being incriminated with increasing frequency as the cause of both minor and major infections in man, only two ocular infections by this acid-fast bacillus have been recorded. Both followed corneal injury by foreign bodies. The present paper records two new infections by M fortuitum, one of which was apparently superimposed on a very long-standing, recurrent ulcerative keratitis of undetermined cause, while the other followed penetrating keratoplasty for keratoconus. The infection led to perforation of the cornea and enucleation of the eye in the former; it was controlled by debridement and specific therapy in the latter.

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