Paper Information

Journal:   JOURNAL OF OPHTHALMIC AND VISION RESEARCH   2014 , Volume 9 , Number 3; Page(s) 383 To 387.
 
Paper: 

STENOTROPHOMONAS MALTOPHILIA ENDOPHTHALMITIS CAUSED BY SURGICAL EQUIPMENT CONTAMINATION: AN EMERGING NOSOCOMIAL INFECTION (CASE REPORT)

 
 
Author(s):  WILLIAMS MARIA A., GRAMAJO ANA L., COLOMBRES GUSTAVO A., CAEIRO JUAN P., JUAREZ CLAUDIO P., LUNA JOSE D.*
 
* ROMAGOSA PRIVATE EYE CENTER - VER FOUNDATION, CORDOBA, ARGENTINA
 
Abstract: 

Purpose: We report three cases of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia endophthalmitis after uneventful extracapsular cataract extraction with intraocular lens implantation?related to surgical equipment contamination.
Case report: All patients developed acute, culture-positive endophthalmitis in a period ranging from 2 to 13 days. Cultures from vitreous tap, as well as those obtained from the hand-piece of the irrigation-aspiration system, revealed S. maltophilia as the causing infectious agent. All patients received intravitreal antibiotic treatment as initial therapy, nevertheless, visual disturbance continued to be present, hence pars plana vitrectomy was required.
Conclusion: Contamination of surgical?reusable equipment should be considered in addition to the well-known risk factors associated with development of endophthalmitis by S. maltophilia.

 
Keyword(s): EXOGENOUS ENDOPHTHALMITIS, STENOTROPHOMONAS MALTOPHILIA, SURGICAL EQUIPMENT CONTAMINATION
 
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