Endogenous Ochrobactrum anthropi endophthalmitis

Am J Ophthalmol. 1997 Apr;123(4):560-2. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9394(14)70190-4.


Purpose: To describe bilateral endogenous endophthalmitis caused by Ochrobactrum anthropi in a partially immunosuppressed patient who had undergone central venous access for hyperalimentation and home intravenous therapy.

Methods: Case report.

Results: Blood cultures were positive for O anthropi. Vitreous cultures grew a gram-variable bacillus. The patient's ocular and systemic condition markedly improved after intravitreal antibiotics and systemic ciprofloxacin.

Conclusions: Ochrobactrum anthropi may cause endogenous endophthalmitis in patients with a history of indwelling catheters for venous access or other permanent medical devices.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Anti-Infective Agents / therapeutic use
  • Bacteremia / drug therapy
  • Bacteremia / etiology
  • Catheterization, Central Venous / adverse effects*
  • Catheters, Indwelling / adverse effects*
  • Ciprofloxacin / therapeutic use
  • Drug Therapy, Combination / therapeutic use
  • Endophthalmitis / drug therapy
  • Endophthalmitis / microbiology*
  • Endophthalmitis / pathology
  • Equipment Contamination
  • Female
  • Gram-Negative Aerobic Bacteria / isolation & purification*
  • Gram-Negative Bacterial Infections* / drug therapy
  • Gram-Negative Bacterial Infections* / pathology
  • Humans
  • Parenteral Nutrition, Total
  • Vitrectomy
  • Vitreous Body / microbiology


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Anti-Infective Agents
  • Ciprofloxacin