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Optic Neuropathy Caused by Propionibacterium acnes Pachymeningitis

Adesina, Ore-ofe O. MD; Stagg, Brian C. MD; Digre, Kathleen B. MD; Katz, Bradley J. MD, PhD; Quigley, Edward P. MD, PhD; Palmer, Cheryl A. MD; Warner, Judith E. A. MD

doi: 10.1097/WNO.0000000000000101
Clinical Observation

Abstract: We describe a patient with vision loss from an optic neuropathy caused by Propionibacterium acnes pachymeningitis. The patient's optic neuropathy was stabilized with appropriate antibiotic therapy.

Departments of Ophthalmology (O-OOA, BCS, KBD, BJK, JEAW), Radiology (EPQ), Pathology (CAP), and Neurology (KBD, BJK, JEAW), University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Address correspondence to Ore-ofe O. Adesina, MD, Cizik Eye Clinic, 6400 Fannin 18th Floor, Houston, TX 77030; E-mail:

Supported in part by an unrestricted grant to the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences from Research to Prevent Blindness, Inc, New York, NY.

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2014 by North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society