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Ophthalmic Surg. 1991 Nov;22(11):681-6.

Results in the management of Bacillus endophthalmitis.

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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Miami School of Medicine, Fla. 33136.


Eighteen cases of culture-proven Bacillus endophthalmitis were reviewed. The majority (13/18) were secondary to penetrating ocular trauma. Others were secondary to corneal ulcer (1), postoperative (1), and endogenous (3). Bacillus cereus was the most commonly identified species (12/18). Antibiotic sensitivities demonstrated uniform sensitivity to vancomycin and the aminoglycosides. Visual prognosis was generally poor; only two patients maintained 20/200 or better in the affected eye. Fourteen eyes were enucleated or eviscerated. The remaining two eyes had light perception vision at the last follow-up examination.

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