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Indian J Ophthalmol. 2019 Jul;67(7):1214-1216. doi: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_43_19.

Fulminant scleral abscess secondary to infected scleral buckle with Moraxella species.

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Vitreo Retina Services, MGM Eye Institute, Raipur, India.
Cornea and Anterior Segment Services, MGM Eye Institute, Raipur, India.


We here report a case of scleral buckle infection with fulminant scleral abscess secondary to Moraxella species. A 54-year-old chronic alcoholic male with a history of retinal detachment repair, with scleral buckle 8 years prior, presented with complaints of severe pain, redness, and swelling in the right eye since 2 weeks. The patient was diagnosed with scleral buckle infection, the buckle was removed, and cultures revealed Moraxella species. The postoperative course included fulminant scleral abscess treated with dual antibiotic therapy that included ceftriaxone and moxifloxacin. All systemic antibiotics were discontinued after 3 weeks, retina remained attached, and no recurrence occurred over a 1-year follow-up. Moraxella, though commonly associated with bacterial keratitis, can also lead to buckle infection, especially in chronic alcoholic and immunocompromised patients. In buckle infection, infected buckle along with sutures should be immediately removed without damaging underlying compromised sclera. Lastly, culture and drug sensitivity play a very important role in buckle infections.


Buckle infection; Moraxella spp.; Scleral abscess

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