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Abstract

is a fastidious organism that has been implicated in severe infections such as endocarditis in immunocompetent patients. Modern tools are available to aid identification, but the main challenge remains clinical suspicion of .

An otherwise fit and well 65-year-old female presented with reduced vision, red eye and discomfort 2 days following routine left cataract surgery. She had visual acuity of light perception only, significant anterior chamber inflammation (including hypopyon) and limited fundal view. She was diagnosed with post-operative endophthalmitis and 0.1 ml of ceftazidime (2 mg/0.1 ml) and 0.1 ml vancomycin (2 mg/0.1 ml) were injected intravitreally after vitreous aspiration. Subconjunctival cefuroxime was also injected. A repeat injection was performed on day three of admission. Gram staining revealed Gram-positive long-chain cocci, which were identified as . The patient was discharged on oral ciprofloxacin 500 mg twice a day with oral prednisolone 60 mg once a day; this was tapered and stopped at 8 weeks post-discharge. The left eye received dexamethasone 0.1 % 6 times a day (again, tapered over 8 weeks), moxifloxacin 5 % 6 times a day and atropine 1 % twice a day. Vision improved to 6/12 unaided (6/9.5 with pinhole) at 9 weeks post-operatively, with a clear fundal view.

We present a case of endophthalmitis following routine cataract surgery. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case in the UK and the fourth globally, which with prompt treatment ended with a good visual outcome.

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