Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal


The anterior chamber fluid from the eye of this patient with sarcoidosis was found to contain microcolonies of a cellwall-deficient organism that was propagated and identified as acid-fast by the Intensified Acid-Fast stain. The colonies were inoculated into mice and retrieved from the dead or sacrificed animals. This report suggests that the acid-fast microbe in the aqueous humor of this case of uveitis-sarcoidosis may be the same organism as that found in the blood in sarcoidosis. Thus, it may be associated not only with the primary disease, but also with the complications of Boeck's sarcoidosis.