Severe keratitis due to Nocardia farcinica

Catharina A. Eggink, Pieter Wesseling, Patrick Boiron, Jacques F.G.M. Meis

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Keratitis due to Nocardia farcinica occurred in a 49-year-old female after inappropriate cleaning of her semipermeable rigid contact lenses with basin-stored water during a holiday in France. N. farcinica was differentiated from Nocardia asteroides by its growth at 45°C, acid production from rhamnose, its opacification of Middlebrook 7H10 agar, and its marked degree of resistance to all cephalosporins, aminoglycosides, tetracyclins, macrolides, and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of human N. farcinica keratitis, confirming that this microorganism can be responsible for serious human disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)999-1001
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1997
Externally publishedYes


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