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April 1973

Avian Tuberculosis Endophthalmitis

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Department of Ophthalmology, New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center, and the Manhattan Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat Hospital, New York.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1973;89(4):321-323. doi:10.1001/archopht.1973.01000040323013

A case of unilateral endophthalmitis caused by Mycobacterium avium is presented. This appears to be the first reported ocular involvement associated with this organism. Despite heroic topical, local, and systemic therapy, there was progressive ocular and systemic deterioration. Ocular histopathologic findings revealed a typical posterior granulomatous uveitis with an exudative retinal detachment, and the presence of acid-fast bacilli.

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