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S. Albin, T. Lin, L. Ulanski, D. Edward, D. Lee, S. Langridge; Ocular Toxicity of Intravitreal Injections of Linezolid and Daptomycin in a Rabbit Model. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2008;49(13):844.
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To determine the ocular toxicity of intravitreal injections of linezolid and daptomycin in a rabbit model.
In this study, New Zealand White Rabbits were used to evaluate toxicities of intravitreal antibiotics. Four rabbit eyes were injected with 2 mg/mL linezolid and four rabbit eyes were injected with 50 mg/mL daptomycin. Two rabbit eyes were injected with 0.1 mL of normal saline. Eye examinations were performed before injection and on days 1, 3, 7, and 14. Electroretinography was performed at day 0, before injection, and at day 14. The rabbits were euthanized on day 14, and the eyes were enucleated for light microscopy.
All eyes treated with 50 mg/mL daptomycin showed signs of ocular toxicity including conjunctival injection and cataract formation. The electroretinograms of these eyes were also extinguished. Histologic examination demonstrated extensive signs of retinal toxicity. One eye in the 2 mg/mL linezolid group developed a sectoral cataract. Electroretinograms and histologic examinations were otherwise normal as compared with the saline group.
Based on the data, linezolid appears to be nontoxic at the commercially available dose of 2 mg/mL, while daptomycin appears to have considerable ocular toxicity at the commercially available dose of 50 mg/mL. Further testing is necessary at lower doses to assess for both retinal and ocular toxicity for daptomycin.
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