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Nocardia farcinica Infection of a Baerveldt Implant and Endophthalmitis in a Patient With a Boston Type I Keratoprosthesis

Tsui, Irena MD*; Uslan, Daniel Z. MD; Hubschman, Jean-Pierre MD*; Deng, Sophie X. MD, PhD*

doi: 10.1097/IJG.0b013e3181bd8987
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Eyes with implanted hardware carry a higher risk of infection. Here we report a rare case of Nocardia farcinica endophthalmitis and Baerveldt implant infection originating from infectious keratitis in a patient with a Boston type I keratoprosthesis. The infection resolved with aggressive surgical and medical treatment.

*Department of Ophthalmology, Jules Stein Eye Institute

Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

The authors confirm that there is no finance or propriety to disclose.

Supported by grants from the Herald and Pauline Price Fellowship and Emily G. Plumb Estate and Trust.

Reprints: Sophie X. Deng, MD, PhD, Jules Stein Eye Institute-UCLA, 100 Stein Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (e-mail: deng@jsei.ucla.edu).

Received for publication November 21, 2008

accepted July 10, 2009

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.