EXOGENOUS MENINGOCOCCAL ENDOPHTHALMITIS: A CASE REVIEW

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Abstract

Purpose:

We describe a rare case of exogenous endophthalmitis due to Neisseria meningitidis, of which only two have previously been published.

Methods:

Retrospective audit of patient's medical notes.

Patients:

An 82-year-old man from The Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, a tertiary ophthalmic service in Melbourne, Australia.

Results:

Found to have exogenous endophthalmitis from a leaking, filtering bleb.

Conclusion:

This seems to be the first case in which a conjunctival swab was diagnostic. These cases demonstrate that it is reasonable to consider meningococcal endophthalmitis in systemically well patients with leaky filtering blebs. Of note for occupational health and safety, prophylaxis is not required for staff contacts treating these patients.

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