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December 1977

Bacillus laterosporus Endophthalmitis

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Ophthalmology (Dr Tabbara) and Bacteriology and Virology (F. Juffali and Dr Matossian), American University Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon. Dr Tabbara is now with the Department of Ophthalmology and the Francis I. Proctor Foundation, University of California, San Francisco.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1977;95(12):2187-2189. doi:10.1001/archopht.1977.04450120093010

• A strain of Bacillus laterosporus was isolated from the aqueous and vitreous humors of a patient with endophthalmitis that developed after a penetrating injury of the cornea. Intravitreal inoculation of the isolate into rabbits produced severe panophthalmitis, corneal perforation, orbital cellulitis, and even meningitis. These observations suggest that B laterosporus, hitherto classified as nonpathogenic, is an opportunist that can cause disease when conditions are favorable.

(Arch Ophthalmol 95:2187-2189, 1977)