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May 1977

Endophthalmitis Caused by an Erwinia Species

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Chicago (Drs Oesterle and Peyman), and Rockford (III) Memorial Hospital (Dr Kronenberg).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1977;95(5):824-825. doi:10.1001/archopht.1977.04450050102012

• A 14-year-old boy developed exogenous endophthalmitis presumably caused by an Erwinia species. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of endophthalmitis caused by an Erwinia species, which has been considered pathogenic for only the last ten years. The endophthalmitis developed after a piece of wood penetrated the patient's sclera. After removal of the foreign body, the patient received intravitreally and subconjunctivally administered gentamicin sulfate, intramuscularly administered cephaloridine, and a short course of orally administered prednisone. The patient had clinical and visual improvement.

(Arch Ophthalmol 95:824-825, 1977)

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