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J R Soc Med. 1986 September; 79(9): 520–521.
PMCID: PMC1290456

Incidence of conjunctival colonization by bacteria capable of causing postoperative endophthalmitis.


Increased awareness of the range of pathogens capable of causing postoperative endophthalmitis prompted a study of the conjunctival flora in 100 patients admitted for intraocular surgery. Bacteria capable of causing endophthalmitis were present in 74% of these patients, a much higher proportion than previously documented. No correlation was found with blockage of the nasolacrimal duct.

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