Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 1998  |  Volume : 46  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 229--232

Microbiological profile of anterior chamber aspirates following uncomplicated cataract surgery


N Venkatesh Prajna, S Sathish, P Chitra Rajalakshmi, Celine George 
 Aravind Eye Hospital and Post Graduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Madurai, India

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N Venkatesh Prajna
Aravind Eye Hospital and PG Institute of Ophthalmology, 1 Anna Nagar, Madurai - 625 020
India

Anterior chamber aspirate cultures were done for 66 patients who underwent either an uncomplicated intracapsular cataract extraction, extracapsular cataract extraction with posterior-chamber intraocular lens implantation, or phacoemulsification with posterior-chamber intraocular lens implantation. The aspirate was obtained at the time of wound closure. The aspirates were immediately transferred to the microbiology laboratory where one drop of the aspirate was placed on a glass slide for gram stain, and the remainder was unequally divided and inoculated into blood agar, chocolate agar and thioglycolate broth. The cultures were incubated at 37 C with 5% CO2 and held for 5 days. Of 66 patients 4 (6%), had smear-positive anterior chamber aspirates. None of the aspirates showed any growth on any of the 3 culture media used. None of the eyes in the study developed endophthalmitis. This study concludes that there is no contamination of the anterior chamber by viable bacteria after cataract surgery, irrespective of the mode of intervention.


How to cite this article:
Prajna N V, Sathish S, Rajalakshmi P C, George C. Microbiological profile of anterior chamber aspirates following uncomplicated cataract surgery.Indian J Ophthalmol 1998;46:229-232


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Prajna N V, Sathish S, Rajalakshmi P C, George C. Microbiological profile of anterior chamber aspirates following uncomplicated cataract surgery. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 1998 [cited 2023 Mar 20 ];46:229-232
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