Postoperative endophthalmitis caused by Sphingomonas paucimobilis.

Ophthalmology Department, Sunderland Eye Infirmary, Sunderland, United Kingdom.
Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (Impact Factor: 2.55). 08/2006; 32(7):1238-40. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2006.01.094
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ABSTRACT We present a case in which a new organism, Sphingomonas paucimobilis, caused endophthalmitis after phacoemulsification in a 73-year-old woman. The case shows a recurrent acute endophthalmitis with complete resolution only after vitrectomy. This organism has not been described as a cause of endophthalmitis and was resistant to initial medical management. We also describe an interaction between this organism and a co-infective organism that may account for the unusual clinical course.

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