December 2002
Volume 43, Issue 13
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   December 2002
Atypical Mycobacteria and Intraocular Inflammation
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • M Ramchandani
    Ophthalmology Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre Birmingham United Kingdom
  • J Deutsch
    Ophthalmology Victoria Eye Hospital Hereford United Kingdom
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships   M. Ramchandani, None; J. Deutsch, None. Grant Identification: nil
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science December 2002, Vol.43, 1607. doi:
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      M Ramchandani, J Deutsch; Atypical Mycobacteria and Intraocular Inflammation . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2002;43(13):1607.

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Abstract: : Purpose:To report a case of panuveitis and retinal vasculitis associated with Mycobacteria malmoense. Methods:Case history review. Results:A 31 year old Caucasian woman smoker with blurred vision had bilateral perivenular sheathing with leakage, and disc oedema on fluorescein angiography. Systemic steroids, and surgery for glaucoma and cataracts were required. Chest radiographs revealed an apical mass. Biopsy and histopathological examination yielded granulomatous inflammation with acid fast bacilli. Mycobacterium malmoense was the organism cultured. Antituberculous therapy caused complete resolution of the ocular and systemic condition. Conclusion:In the United Kingdom there has been a reported increased incidence of these organisms. Previously unreported, Mycobacteria malmoense can be associated with intraocular inflammation.

Keywords: 611 uvea • 554 retina • 468 microbial pathogenesis: clinical studies 

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