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March 1979

Bacillus cereus Endogenous Panophthalmitis

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine (Drs Bouza and Jordan), and the Department of Ophthalmology, Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles (Drs Grant, Yook, and Sulit).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1979;97(3):498-499. doi:10.1001/archopht.1979.01020010248012

• A case of severe suppurative endogenous panophthalmitis caused by Bacillus cereus resulted from intravenously administered medications. This is the first, to our knowledge, well-documented case of endogenous endophthalmitis associated with this organism. It is recommended that if on Gram's stain of the anterior chamber fluid, Gram-positive rods are seen, chloramphenicol should be administered in addition to penicillin because of the possibility of B cereus infection.