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Editor,—We present a rare case of endophthalmitis due to Pasteurella multocida, a bacterium commonly pathogenic to animals but rare in humans. This is the first reported case of P multocida endophthalmitis in which the infection occurred as an immediate postoperative complication following an uneventful cataract surgery.
A 93-year-old white woman underwent endocapsular cataract extraction with posterior chamber intraocular lens in the right eye under local anaesthesia in August 1995. On the second postoperative day she developed endophthalmitis.
Vitreous biopsy/intravitreal antibiotic injection could not be done as the patient immensely disliked the idea of any further surgical or anaesthetic procedures and refused to consent. After much persuasion, she agreed …