Tsukamurella: an unrecognized mimic of atypical mycobacterial keratitis? The first case report.

Tam PM, Young AL, Cheng L, Congdon N, Lam PT.

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Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this study was to report on Tsukamurella as a mimic of atypical mycobacterial infection.

METHODS:

We report a patient who had received repeated corneal grafts with culture-proven Tsukamurella keratitis.

RESULTS:

A slow-progressing corneal abscess that initially developed adjacent to a corneal stitch responded poorly to empiric antibiotic treatment. A preliminary culture report revealed fast-growing mycobacterial species. Treatment adjustments successfully controlled the disease. A final diagnosis of Tsukamurella was subsequently made on the basis of cultures.

CONCLUSIONS:

Tsukamurella exhibits laboratory similarities to mycobacteria and should be considered in the differential of atypical infection of the ocular surface.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCornea
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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