Isolation of Rhodococcus rhodochrous from a chronic corneal ulcer

Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 1988 Jul;10(3):185-90. doi: 10.1016/0732-8893(88)90039-9.


Organisms belonging to Rhodococcus species have been isolated as the causative agent of infections in many animals and humans. The majority of the human infections so far reported have been limited to immunocompromised patients including AIDS patients. We report an elderly woman with a chronic corneal ulcer infected with Rhodococcus. To our knowledge there is no previous report on a Rhodococcus infection of the eye. Rarity of this type of infection by Rhodococcus in a locally immunocompromised site in an otherwise healthy individual prompted this case history.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Chronic Disease
  • Corneal Ulcer / microbiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Rhodococcus / cytology
  • Rhodococcus / isolation & purification*