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Can J Ophthalmol. 1989 Aug;24(5):221-2.

Canaliculitis caused by Mycobacterium chelonae after lacrimal intubation with silicone tubes.

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Department of Ophthalmology, LSU Eye Center, New Orleans 70112-2234.


Two and a half weeks after a 62-year-old man underwent bilateral nasolacrimal intubation with silicone tubes, canaliculitis and conjunctivitis developed. Cultures yielded Mycobacterium chelonae sensitive to amikacin. Successful therapy required removal of the tubes followed by intensive intravenous and topical chemotherapy. This is, to our knowledge, the first report of mycobacterial infection as a complication of lacrimal intubation.

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