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Special Feature
October 2001

Picture of the Month

Author Affiliations
 

WALTER W.TUNNESSENMD

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155(10):1169-1170. doi:10.1001/archpedi.155.10.1169

Figure 1. The conjunctiva of the right eye are injected.

Figure 2. The anterior chamber of the eye appears slightly cloudy.

Endophthalmitis refers to infection, most commonly bacterial or fungal, of intraocular tissues and fluids. Endophthalmitis may be exogenous, a rare complication of eye surgery or trauma, or endogenous, a less common occurrence.1 Endogenous endophthalmitis is of hematogenous origin and most commonly affects adults with predisposing conditions such as diabetes, urogenital and gastrointestinal tract disorders, or endocarditis.2 Relatively few cases of this infection have been reported in the pediatric age group, most of whom were neonates with group B streptococcal or Candida albicans septicemia, or children with meningitis.

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