The corynebacterial flora of the normal human conjunctiva is lipophilic

Curr Microbiol. 2001 May;42(5):372-4. doi: 10.1007/s002840010232.


Corynebacterial isolates, obtained by selective and non-selective media from conjunctival swabs, were speciated by using two recently developed systems. All 25 strains from 92 individuals, as well as 12 strains from a previous similar study, belonged to lipophilic species. The significance of this unusual finding is discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Conjunctiva / microbiology*
  • Corynebacterium / growth & development*
  • Corynebacterium / isolation & purification*
  • Culture Media
  • Humans
  • Lipid Metabolism*
  • Specimen Handling / methods


  • Culture Media