Bacillus laterosporus Endophthalmitis

Khalid F. Tabbara, Fawzieh Juffali, Robert M. Matossian

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A strain of Bacillus laterosporus was isolated from the aqueous and vitreous humors of a patient with endophthalmitis that developed after a penetrating injury of the cornea. Intravitreal inoculation of the isolate into rabbits produced severe panophthalmitis, corneal perforation, orbital cellulitis, and even meningitis. These observations suggest that B laterosporus, hitherto classified as nonpathogenic, is an opportunist that can cause disease when conditions are favorable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2187-2189
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Ophthalmology
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1977
Externally publishedYes


  • Bacillus laterosporus
  • corneal perforation
  • endophthalmitis
  • gentamicin sulfate
  • panophthalmitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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