Gas gangrene of the eye: endogenous Clostridium perfringens endophthalmitis

Ali S Haider, Harkiran Manku and Peter McCluskey
Med J Aust 2018; 208 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja17.00366
Published online: 5 February 2018

A 59-year-old woman presented with gas gangrene of the leg and no perception of light in her right eye. Ultrasound showed right eye wall thickening and septations within the vitreous chamber indicative of endogenous endophthalmitis and retinal detachment (Figure, A). Intravitreal tap yielded a gaseous haemoserous sample and injection of ceftazidime and vancomycin was performed. Clostridium perfringens was isolated from the vitreous tap and the leg amputated. Slit lamp examination revealed right corneal oedema, anterior chamber shallowing secondary to a dense fibrin plaque overlying the pupil and a streak hypopyon (Figure, B). The patient responded to systemic piperacillin–tazobactam, intravitreal and topical therapy with the right eye retained and vision unchanged.

  • Ali S Haider1
  • Harkiran Manku1
  • Peter McCluskey2

  • 1 Hunter New England Local Health District, Newcastle, NSW
  • 2 Save Sight Institute, Sydney, NSW


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