Endogenous Nocardia endophthalmitis: report of a case in a patient treated for lymphocytic lymphoma

Ann Ophthalmol. 1977 Sep;9(9):1123-31.


A patient with pulmonary, cerebral, and intraocular nocardiosis is reported. The intraocular disease was first recognized at autopsy. Only 7 patients with intraocular nocardiosis have been described previously. The intraocular lesions were central and paracentral, and the distribution resembled those described in 5 of the previous patients with metastatic intraocular disease. The ocular histology differed from those cases previously reported in that a granulomatous reaction accompanied the suppurative component. Malignant lymphoma treated with radiation therapy, cytotoxic drugs, and steroids formed the background against which the disease occurred in this patient.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Brain Abscess / etiology
  • Chorioretinitis / etiology*
  • Chorioretinitis / pathology
  • Eye / pathology
  • Female
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / complications
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / therapeutic use
  • Lung Abscess / etiology
  • Lymphoma / complications
  • Lymphoma / drug therapy
  • Lymphoma / radiotherapy
  • Lymphoma / therapy*
  • Nocardia Infections / etiology*
  • Nocardia Infections / pathology
  • Nocardia asteroides


  • Immunosuppressive Agents