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Keratitis caused by Burkholderia cepacia
  1. Sunita Chaurasia1,
  2. R Muralidhar1,
  3. Sujata Das2,
  4. Virender S Sangwan1,
  5. Ashok Kumar Reddy3,
  6. Usha Gopinathan3
  1. 1Cornea Service, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
  2. 2Cornea Service, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India
  3. 3Jhaveri Microbiology Centre, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sujata Das, Cornea & Anterior Segment Service, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India; sujatadas{at}

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The Burkholderia cepacia complex is a group of genetically distinct, phenotypically similar, Gram-negative bacteria noted for their environmental versatility. Burkholderia species are implicated in a wide array of disease processes such as pneumonia, sepsis, urinary-tract infection, meningitis and endocarditis. It is intrinsically resistant to aminoglycosides, and first- and second-generation cephalosporins.1 We present the clinical picture and treatment outcomes of Burkholderia keratitis based on a series of four cases.

This is a retrospective case series of four patients with culture-positive Burkholderia keratitis seen at a tertiary eye-care centre in India, between January 2006 and January 2008. All patients presented with chief complaints of pain, redness and watering. They …

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  • Funding Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.