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Arch Ophthalmol. 2007 Sep;125(9):1182-5.

Association between cultures of contact lens and corneal scraping in contact lens related microbial keratitis.

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Centre for Eye Research Australia, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To study the association between cultures of contact lens and corneal scraping in contact lens-related microbial keratitis.

METHODS:

A retrospective analysis of the culture results of corneal scrapings and contact lenses of patients with contact lens-related microbial keratitis who were initially seen at Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, between January 1, 2001, and December 31, 2004, was conducted.

RESULTS:

Fifty eye specimens of 49 patients were included in the study. Corneal scrapings and contact lenses were culture positive in 17 eyes (34%) and in 35 eyes (70%), respectively. In 13 eyes, corneal scrapings and contact lenses yielded identical organisms. Serratia marcescens was the most common organism isolated from the corneal scrapings and from the contact lenses.

CONCLUSION:

Contact lens culture may sometimes give a clue to the organism involved in cases of microbial keratitis in which the corneal scraping is culture negative and may help in choosing the appropriate antimicrobial therapy.

PMID:
17846356
DOI:
10.1001/archopht.125.9.1182
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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