Propionibacterium acnes DNA from an explanted intraocular lens detected by polymerase chain reaction in a case of chronic pseudophakic endophthalmitis

Jui Yang Lai, Ko Hua Chen, Ying Cheng Lin, Wen-Ming Hsu, Shui Mei Lee

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We report a case of Propionibacterium acnes DNA from the explanted intraocular lens (IOL) a 76-year-old man with delayed-onset chronic endophthalmitis. The detection was by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Slitlamp microscopic examination showed cells and flare in the anterior chamber, keratic precipitates on the endothelium, and multiple white plaques on both surfaces of the IOL. Propionibacterium acnes DNA was found in both the aqueous humor and the explanted IOL by PCR. Scanning electron microscopy showed diphtheroid particles, a coating of biofilm-like deposits, as well as scattered crystals on the surface of the explanted IOL and supported the possibility of P acne colonies on the IOL.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)522-525
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2006
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems

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