Outbreak of endophthalmitis after cataract surgery: the importance of the quality of the surgical wound

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2006 Nov;27(11):1246-8. doi: 10.1086/508836. Epub 2006 Oct 17.


Postoperative endophthalmitis is a rare but potentially devastating condition. We investigated an outbreak of 8 cases of endophthalmitis in patients who underwent phakectomy performed by a single surgeon from January through September 2004. The outbreak was traced to damaged surgical blades, and it highlights the importance of the quality of the surgical wound.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cataract Extraction / adverse effects*
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Endophthalmitis / epidemiology*
  • Endophthalmitis / etiology
  • Equipment Failure
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Surgical Instruments / adverse effects*
  • Surgical Wound Infection / epidemiology*
  • Surgical Wound Infection / etiology