Bilateral endogenous endophthalmitis from streptococcus pneumoniae

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Retin Cases Brief Rep


PURPOSE: To report a case of bilateral endogenous endophthalmitis from Streptococcus pneumoniae with devastating sequelae.

METHODS: Interventional case report.

RESULTS: A 56-year-old man presented with acute bilateral blurred vision and floaters with fever and hemodynamic instability. Previously, he was diagnosed with acute otitis externa and reported manually extracting several of his own teeth. He underwent a vitreous tap and intravitreal antibiotic injections. Blood and vitreous cultures were positive for S. pneumoniae. The patient later developed life-threatening medical sequelae. His final visual acuity was no light perception in the right eye and 20/25 in the left eye.

CONCLUSION: Diagnosing endogenous endophthalmitis early is essential to initiating a systemic evaluation for potentially life-threatening medical conditions, including sepsis, endocarditis, and osteomyelitis. A high degree of suspicion, expeditious treatment, and interdisciplinary collaboration are essential to maximizing patient outcomes.This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License 4.0 (CCBY-NC-ND), where it is permissible to download and share the work provided it is properly cited. The work cannot be changed in any way or used commercially without permission from the journal.

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