Nocardial necrotizing scleritis is uncommon, but potentially sight threatening. We report the occurrence of necrotizing scleritis in a 58-year- old farm worker after he sustained trauma with vegetable matter. Microbiological studies isolated Nocardia asteroides, sensitive only to cefazolin. Clinically the patient responded well to this drug, attaining a final visual acuity of 20/40, with complete resolution of the scleritis. Early isolation and testing for antibiotic sensitivity were responsible for the successful management of this patient.
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