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August 1991

Mycobacterium gordonae Keratitis After Penetrating Keratoplasty

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La Jolla, Calif

Arch Ophthalmol. 1991;109(8):1064-1065. doi:10.1001/archopht.1991.01080080022011

Atypical mycobacterial infections of the cornea are rare. Recently, an increasing number of cases have been reported following outpatient office procedures,1 injury with foreign bodies, or intraocular surgery.2 The majority of these infections have been caused by group IV, rapidly growing organisms Mycobacterium fortuitum and Mycobacterium chelonae. To our knowledge, there has been only one case report of keratitis caused by Mycobacterium gordonae, a group II, slowly growing organism.2 We describe a patient who developed M gordonae keratitis following penetrating keratoplasty. The infection did not improve with antibiotic treatment to which the organism was sensitive by in vitro testing.

Report of a Case.  —An 81-year-old man developed a nonhealing keratitis 2 years after undergoing a penetrating keratoplasty in the right eye for a herpetic corneal scar. After unsuccessful treatment with fortified tobramycin sulfate and cefazolin sodium, a second penetrating keratoplasty was performed. A culture of the corneal

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