To determine the demographics, risk factors, clinical and microbiological characteristics, and treatment outcome of posttraumatic infective keratitis.
Consecutive patients with posttraumatic infective keratitis presenting to the Ophthalmology Department of a tertiary referral hospital in Singapore between March 2012 and March 2016 were prospectively identified. A standardized data collection form was used to document patient demographics, microbiological diagnosis, antibiotic sensitivity, and pretreatment and posttreatment ocular characteristics. Any contact lens-induced keratitis was excluded from the study.
In total, 26 patients were included for analysis. The mean age was 40.0 years (SD ± 19.4) and 84.6% of the patients were male. The majority of the patients (69.2%, n = 18) had sustained work-related injury in their eyes. Gram-negative organisms were predominant isolates (75.0%, n = 12) in culture-positive corneal scrapings (n = 16). Pan-sensitive
A shift of practice in posttraumatic infective keratitis should be considered in tropical countries to include Gram-negative cover. Work safety practices with vigilance in initiating treatment and education by front-line physicians such as ophthalmology and general practitioners should be reinforced.
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Article Type: ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE
Article Subject: Cornea
AuthorsBlanche X. Lim, Victor T.C. Koh, Manotosh Ray
- • Accepted on 19/06/2017
- • Available online on 08/07/2017
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- Lim, Blanche X. [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 1
- Koh, Victor T.C. [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 1, 2
- Ray, Manotosh [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 1, 2, * Corresponding Author (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Department of Ophthalmology, National University Health System, Singapore - Singapore
Department of Ophthalmology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore - Singapore