Chronic Endophthalmitis Caused by Pseudomonas stutzeri

Saeed T. Alshahrani, J. Fernando Arevalo

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A patient presented with complaints of a sudden decrease in vision, ocular redness, and pain in the right eye. The patient had a history of clear lens extraction with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation for myopia 2 years previously. He had been prescribed topical steroids for episodes of inflammation that occurred repeatedly every 1-2 months. With a presumptive diagnosis of chronic endophthalmitis, a 23-G transconjunctival sutureless pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) with delivery of intravitreal antibiotics was performed the next day. Culture sensitivity testing of the vitreous sample indicated Pseudomonas stutzeri that was sensitive to ceftazidime and gentamicin. Two weeks later, the patient presented with sudden loss of vision and all the signs of recurrent endophthalmitis. 23-G transconjunctival sutureless PPV was performed along with removal of the posterior chamber IOL through a corneal incision. Complete resolution was only achieved after removal of the IOL, resulting in excellent visual recovery. Due to its chronic and fulminating nature, P. stutzeri can induce endophthalmitis and should be considered in the differential diagnosis. Aseptic measures are the best prevention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)595-599
Number of pages5
JournalCase Reports in Ophthalmology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2020


  • Endophthalmitis
  • Pars plana vitrectomy
  • Pseudomonas stutzeri

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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