Postcataract endophthalmitis treated with small gauge vitrectomy

Janelle M. Fassbender, Denis Jusufbegovic, Shlomit Schaal

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Purpose: To discuss the use of minimally invasive, small gauge vitrectomy for acute postcataract endophthalmitis in patients with better than light-perception vision. Patient: 71-year-old man presented with redness, pain, and decreased vision of his left eye 11 days after cataract extraction. His visual acuity was counting fingers at 1 foot and slit-lamp examination revealed severe conjunctival injection, corneal edema, and hypopyon. The clinical impression was of acute postcataract endophthalmitis. Methods: Patient was taken for immediate vitrectomy with simultaneous vitreous tap for culture, PCR, and injection of intravitreal vancomycin and ceftazidime. Results: Culture and PCR of vitreous sample were positive for Staphylococcus epidermidis. Vision improved to 20/20 1 month postoperatively with complete resolution of vitreous inflammation and retinal vasculitis. Conclusion: In postcataract endophthalmitis with dense vitritis and diffuse retinal vasculitis, immediate, 25-gauge vitrectomy may result in return of baseline visual acuity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-322
Number of pages3
JournalRetinal Cases and Brief Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2016


  • Cataract surgery
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Vitrectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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