Iris abscess as an unusual presentation of endogenous endophthalmitis in a patient with bacterial endocarditis

Krista M. Ramonas, Benjamin D. Freilich

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To report the clinical findings and management of a case of endogenous endophthalmitis in a patient with bacterial endocarditis presenting with a septic metastasis to the iris. DESIGN: Observational case report. METHODS: Review of clinical findings and treatment. RESULTS: A 37-year-old intravenous drug user hospitalized with bacterial endocarditis secondary to methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia presented with a painful red left eye, hypopyon, and iris abscess. Roth spots were noted in the fundus of the right eye. Aqueous culture was positive for methicillin-sensitive S aureus. The patient was treated with intravitreal, topical, and intravenous antibiotics. The hypopyon and iris abscess resolved within 2 weeks, and the patient achieved a final visual acuity of 20/25 in the left eye. CONCLUSIONS: Septic metastasis to the iris is a rare occurrence. To our knowledge this is the first reported case of an iris abscess secondary to bacterial endocarditis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-229
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume135
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2003

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