Mycobacterium chelonae canaliculitis associated with SmartPlug use.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Mycobacterium chelonae is ubiquitous in the environment but is an uncommon cause of ocular and periocular infections. It is a pathogen that has been gaining increased attention in the ophthalmic literature because of the relatively large number of infections associated with laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis and other forms of refractive surgery. The authors present 3 patients who developed canaliculitis culture positive for M. chelonae more than a year after SmartPlug placement. These cases highlight some of the clinical scenarios that may be encountered in those who present with canaliculitis with a history of intracanalicular plug placement. Therapeutic considerations are also suggested.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fowler, AM; Dutton, JJ; Fowler, WC; Gilligan, P

Published Date

  • May 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 241 - 243

PubMed ID

  • 18520851

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0740-9303

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/IOP.0b013e3181724302


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States