Chloramphenicol in aqueous humor after topical application

Arch Ophthalmol. 1975 Mar;93(3):184-5. doi: 10.1001/archopht.1975.01010020192004.


Chloramphenicol 0.5% ophthalmic solution was applied topically to patients at various times before cataract surgery. The aqueous humor was obtained at the time of surgery and analyzed for chloramphenicol content by thin-layer chromatography. Aqueous humor chloramphenicol levels ranged from 3.5mn-g/ml to 6.7mn-g/ml at the initial sampling period one to two hours following topical administration. Chloramphenicol was measurable in samples for up to five hours following administration. The compound measured in the aqueous humor samples was chemically identified as intact chloramphenicol, and no metabolites of chloramphenicol were shown.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aqueous Humor* / analysis
  • Cataract Extraction
  • Chloramphenicol / administration & dosage*
  • Chloramphenicol / analysis
  • Chloramphenicol / metabolism
  • Chromatography, Thin Layer
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Ophthalmic Solutions
  • Time Factors


  • Ophthalmic Solutions
  • Chloramphenicol