Background: Enterobacter amnigenus is a bacteria with doubtful pathogenicity. The observation of a patient with a well-documented E. Methods: Retrospective evaluation of the clinical charts of patients with any isolate positive for E. Results: We analyzed 15 E. We were able to clinically evaluate E. All isolates were susceptible to third-generation cephalosporins, aztreonam, ciprofloxacin, cotrimoxazole and aminoglycosides.

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To describe a case of Enterobacter amnigenus endophthalmitis. A 33 year-old, previously healthy man, presented with a unilateral hypopyon uveitis. Visual acuity in the affected eye was counting fingers. Initial laboratory work-up was negative. Vitreous cultures revealed the offending agent. The patient was treated with intravenous and intravitreal antibiotics and responded well. Enterobacter species have been rarely reported as causes of endophthalmitis. Our case demonstrates that appropriate treatment of E.

Infectious endophthalmitis is a serious intraocular infection with potentially devastating visual sequelae. The majority of cases result from exogenous sources following penetrating trauma or intraocular surgery.

Endogenous endophthalmitis occurs via hematogenous spread of bacteria from a remote primary focus. We present a case of Enterobacter amnigenus endophthalmitis, an organism that has not, to our best knowledge, been previously reported as a cause of endophthalmitis. A 33 year-old, previously healthy man, presented to the emergency room complaining of decreased vision and pain in his left eye.

He reported a slow decline in vision over the previous two weeks and pain for two days prior to presentation. He was employed as a construction worker. He recalled that four weeks prior to presentation he felt a stinging sensation in his left eye while at work.

However, the eye appeared normal, and this symptom resolved prior to the decline in vision. Review of systems was negative. His past medical history was significant only for hypertension. He denied intravenous drug use. On examination, the patient was afebrile.

External examination was unremarkable with no evidence of periocular trauma. There was no afferent pupillary defect. Examination of the right eye was unremarkable. The left eye revealed a 3mm hypopyon. Of note, there was no evidence of globe injury. The optic nerve, macula, vessels, and peripheral retina all appeared normal. Given the history of possible antecedent trauma, an orbital computed tomogram CT was obtained. No radiopaque foreign body was present, and the globe contour and appearance was normal.

Laboratory data included a white blood cell count of The patient was diagnosed with unilateral hypopyon uveitis. However, there was no evidence either by exam or CT to support a diagnosis of exogenous endophthalmitis.

Furthermore, he had no signs or symptoms suggestive of an infectious nidus for endogenous endophthalmitis. The fundus examination was stable. He was continued on the same topical regimen while awaiting results of his serologies. He continued to deny systemic symptoms. One week later, his vision had worsened to hand motions. His hypopyon increased to 3mm, and a dense vitritis obscured view of the posterior pole.

B-scan ultrasonography showed only vitreous opacities. His laboratory testing had all returned as normal. Given his progression on topical steroids and negative laboratory testing, blood cultures were drawn, and a retina consultation was obtained.

A chest x-ray was normal. The patient underwent an anterior chamber tap and pars plana vitrectomy. Undiluted anterior chamber and vitreous samples were sent to microbiology. Intraoperative examination of the posterior pole and peripheral retina was normal with no foci of retinitis or vasculitis seen. A chalky-white material was found in the vitreous along the inferior arcade, and this was removed with vitrectomy. The hypopyon had decreased to 0.

Gram stain showed moderate polymorphonuclear leukocytes but no bacteria. On the second post-operative day, cultures revealed moderate Enterobacter amnigenus in the vitreous aspirate.

The remainder of the microbiologic and cytologic examination of the specimens was negative. The organism was sensitive to Ceftriaxone, and the patient was started on Ceftriaxone 2g intravenously every 12 hours. Blood cultures taken two days prior never grew any organisms. Slit lamp examination revealed no hypopyon, and the vitritis had lessened as well. However, a degree peripheral retinal detachment was noted.

No retinal breaks or tears were noted. Vitreous washings were obtained during the case, and no organisms grew from the specimen. The patient was continued on systemic antibiotic therapy with Ceftriaxone for a two-week course. The patient was presumed to have developed exogenous endophthalmitis from antecedent trauma.

However, given the lack of clinical evidence for globe compromise, some suspicion remained for the possibility of an endogenous source. In order to further evaluate for a systemic source of infection, an abdominal CT and colonoscopy were arranged to be performed as an outpatient. These tests were negative. He had a posterior subcapsular cataract but an otherwise normal ophthalmic examination.

Cataract surgery and a YAG capsulotomy were performed subsequently. To the best of our knowledge, this case represents the first report of Enterobacter amnigenus endophthalmitis. Our patient is believed to have acquired his infection exogenously from trauma while working on a construction site.

The delay in presentation may explain the lack of external evidence for globe compromise. Presumably, the globe was penetrated in such a way as to leave no evidence of prior external trauma on examination four weeks later.

A comprehensive systemic work-up was performed and showed no evidence of a remote focus of infection. As such, a diagnosis of exogenous endophthalmitis was made. Of course, it is impossible to exclude the possibility of endogenous endophthalmitis with an occult source that responded to intravenous antibiotics. However, this was felt to be much less likely in a healthy young man without any systemic symptoms or risk factors for an endogenous infection.

Enterobacter species are commensal organisms of the gastrointestinal tract and are generally considered pathogenic only for patients with lowered resistance to infection or impaired immunity. Members of this genus have been reported as rare causes of endophthalmitis. The earliest case report of endophthalmitis occurring secondary to Enterobacter was a case of post-surgical endophthalmitis caused by Enterobacter cloacae published in Infections with Enterobacter species are no exception.

In , Mirza et al. Four of the seven patients required evisceration, two developed phthisis, and only one patient retained any vision. In humans, it has been cultured from sputum, blood cultures, stool samples, and wounds often without evidence of clear pathogenicity. The scarcity of reports in the literature reflects the rarity in which Enterobacter species, and E. Endophthalmitis remains a devastating condition with high ocular morbidity.

A high clinical suspicion must be maintained to achieve early diagnosis and prompt management. The present case of Enterobacter amnigenus endophthalmitis represents an organism not previously reported to occur in the eye. Our patient responded well to medical and surgical therapy despite a delay in presentation.

To our best knowledge, this is the first report of Enterobacter amnigenus endophthalmitis. The patient presented with a unilateral hypopyon uveitis. None of the authors has any proprietary interest in the materials presented. National Center for Biotechnology Information , U. Retin Cases Brief Rep. Author manuscript; available in PMC Jun Corey Westerfeld , M.

Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer. Corresponding Author: Lucia Sobrin, M. Copyright notice. The publisher's final edited version of this article is available at Retin Cases Brief Rep.

See other articles in PMC that cite the published article. Abstract Purpose To describe a case of Enterobacter amnigenus endophthalmitis. Methods A 33 year-old, previously healthy man, presented with a unilateral hypopyon uveitis. Results The patient was treated with intravenous and intravitreal antibiotics and responded well.

Conclusions Enterobacter species have been rarely reported as causes of endophthalmitis.


Enterobacter amnigenus endophthalmitis

Enterobacter is a genus of common Gram-negative , facultatively anaerobic , rod-shaped , non-spore-forming bacteria of the family Enterobacteriaceae. It is the type genus of the order Enterobacterales. The urinary and respiratory tracts are the most common sites of infection. The genus Enterobacter is a member of the coliform group of bacteria. It does not belong to the fecal coliforms or thermotolerant coliforms group of bacteria, unlike Escherichia coli , because it is incapable of growth at Some of them showed quorum sensing properties as reported before.


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