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November 1976

Flavobacterium Endophthalmitis Following Keratoplasty: Use of a Tissue Culture Medium-Stored Cornea

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, New England Medical Center Hospital and Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1976;94(11):1907-1909. doi:10.1001/archopht.1976.03910040617007

• This case of Flavobacterium meningosepticum endophthalmitis in the immediate postoperative period following a penetrating keratoplasty represents the first known isolation of F meningosepticum from the eye and, also, our first encounter with bacterial endophthalmitis following keratoplasty. This case occurred soon after conversion from whole eye moist chamber storage to tissue culture storage (McCarey-Kaufman medium). This storage technique may predispose to development of postoperative endophthalmitis. We offer suggestions to minimize the possibility of such infection.

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