Nocardia keratitis after traumatic detachment of a laser in situ keratomileusis flap

Eung K. Kim, Dong H. Lee, Kyungwon Lee, Seung J. Lim, S. Yoon, Young G. Lee

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PURPOSE: Nocardia are gram-positive bacteria existing ubiquitously in the environment; they can cause keratitis. Nocardia asteroides keratitis occurred in the interface between the stromal bed and flap after traumatic detachment of the flap 4 months after an initially uncomplicated laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) procedure. METHODS: Nocardia asteroides keratitis was confirmed by culture. Therapy included topical and oral trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. RESULTS: Thirteen months after the trauma, the patient's spectacle-corrected visual acuity was 20/20 with a manifest refraction of -2.25 -1.00 x 30°. CONCLUSIONS: The immediate steps of management consisting of surgically lifting the corneal flap, rapid microbial identification, and proper treatment with specific antibiotics resulted in the successful treatment of Nocardia asteroides keratitis in a traumatized eye after LASIK.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-469
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Refractive Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Jul

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology


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