Growth curve for propionibacterium acnes

Gerri S. Hall, Kathy Pratt-Rippin, David M. Meisler, John A. Washington, Thomas J. Roussel, Darlene Miller

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We established growth curves for Propionibacterium acnes isolates recovered from eyes with chronic postoperative endophthalmitis. The growth curve plotted the average of the duplicate bacterial concentration against time. The generation time for P. acnes calculated from the growth curves was approximately 5.1 hours. The growth of P. acnes is slower than other anaerobic bacteria. This may account for its delayed appearance in culture of ocular specimens. It may also explain treatment failure if the concentration of an antibiotic injected into the vitreous does not remain at an effective level during the critical replicative phase of the organism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)465-466
Number of pages2
JournalCurrent Eye Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1994


  • Endophthalmitis
  • Extracapsular cateract surgery
  • Growth curve
  • Human
  • Propionibacterium acnes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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