Nocardial necrotizing scleritis after trauma: Successful outcome using cefazolin

S. Basti*, U. Gopinathan, S. Gupta

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)274-276
Number of pages3
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994


  • Cefazolin
  • Infection
  • Nocardia
  • Scleritis
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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