Necrotizing keratitis caused by Capnocytophaga ochracea

David G. Heidemann, Stephen C. Pflugfelder, Jan Kronish, Eduardo C. Alfonso, Steven P. Dunn, Saul Ullman

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We studied three cases of Capnocytophaga keratitis that demonstrated stromal necrosis and a ring infiltrate. In all cases, the keratitis occurred in a previously diseased or traumatized cornea. One patient was treated with chronic antiamoebic therapy for presumed Acanthamoeba keratitis. Two cases resulted in corneal perforation. Laboratory isolation was difficult because of slow, fastidious growth. Capnocytophaga is not uniformly sensitive to commonly used topical antibiotics such as the cephalosporins and aminoglycosides, but may respond to treatment with topical clindamycin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)655-660
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of ophthalmology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 15 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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