Nocardia asteroides keratitis

Lawrence W. Hirst, G. Kenneth Harrison, William G. Merz, Walter J. Stark

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Nocardia asteroides has been reported as the cause of keratitis in only 7 cases and of other ocular disease in another 12 cases. We report a case of N. asteroides keratitis that presented 3 weeks after rural trauma and progressed despite trials of appropriate antibiotics. Seven weeks after the original injury a successful conjunctival flap was placed over the cornea. The morphology and the sensitivity testing of N. asteroides with agar dilution methods are described. Further standardisation of susceptibility testing of N. asteroides to antibiotics appears necessary before reliable information can be obtained for clinical use. Moreover, our case did not show the relatively benign course of other reported cases of nocardia keratitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)449-454
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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