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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 739-741

Scleral buckle infection with Alcaligenes xylosoxidans

1 Department of Ophthalmology, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei; Armed Forces Tao-Yuan General Hospital, Taoyaun, Taiwan
2 Department of Ophthalmology, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan

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Dr. Yun-Hsiang Chang
No. 325, Section 2, Cheng-Gung Road, Taipei- 11490
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DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.136266

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We describe a rare case of extraocular inflammation secondary to scleral buckle infection with Alcaligenes xylosoxidans. A 60-year-old female with a history of retinal detachment repair with open-book technique of scleral buckling presented with purulent discharge and irritation in the right eye that had begun 4 weeks earlier and had been treated ineffectively at another hospital. Conjunctival erosion with exposure of the scleral buckle was noted. The scleral buckle was removed and cultured. The explanted material grew gram-negative rod later identified as A. xylosoxidans. On the basis of the susceptibility test results, the patient was treated by subconjunctival injection and fortified topical ceftazidime. After 4 weeks of treatment, the infection resolved.

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