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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 249-250

A rare case of Staphylococcus caprae keratitis with endophthalmitis after phacoemulsification surgery

1 Department of Cornea and Refractive Surgery, Sadguru Netra Chikitsalaya, Jankikund, Chitrakoot, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Cornea and Refractive Services, Sadguru Netra Chikitsalaya, Jankikund, Chitrakoot, Madhya Pradesh, India

Date of Submission13-Jul-2020
Date of Acceptance30-Oct-2020
Date of Web Publication01-Apr-2021

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Dr. Prashant Borde
Department of Cornea and Refractive Services, Sadguru Netra Chikitsalaya, Jankikund, Chitrakoot, Madhya Pradesh - 210 204
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DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_2240_20

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Staphylococcus caprae is a catalase-positive and coagulase-negative organism that has been implicated in many systemic human infections but rarely in ocular infections. We present a rare case of S. caprae keratitis after phacoemulsification surgery. A 63-year-old male presented with the complaints of pain, redness in OS for 3 days following a phacoemulsification surgery. Cornea had an epithelial defect with a ring-shaped deep infiltrate. Temporary keratoprosthesis-associated pars plana vitrectomy was done followed by penetrating keratoplasty. Staphylococcus caprae was identified in culture. This case report points out to the pathogenic potential of S. caprae in keratitis in immunocompetent patient.

Keywords: Infective keratitis, Staphylococcus caprae, temporary keratoprosthesis, VITEK 2

How to cite this article:
Parmar G, Borde P, Meena AK, Gupta VA. A rare case of Staphylococcus caprae keratitis with endophthalmitis after phacoemulsification surgery. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep 2021;1:249-50

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Parmar G, Borde P, Meena AK, Gupta VA. A rare case of Staphylococcus caprae keratitis with endophthalmitis after phacoemulsification surgery. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Dec 5];1:249-50. Available from: https://www.ijoreports.in/text.asp?2021/1/2/249/312366

Staphylococcus caprae is a catalase-positive and coagulase-negative bacterium which is a common skin commensal. It was first isolated in the year 1983 from goat milk, and was later found to inhabit human skin and nasal mucosa and is capable of infecting neonates, infants, and adults.[1]

Only single case reports of S. caprae associated keratitis and endophthalmitis are available, and there are no cases reported from India.[2] Here we present a first case of culture proven S. caprae keratitis with its clinical presentation, management and outcome after cataract surgery.

  Case Report Top

A 63-year-old male presented with complaints of pain and redness in OS for 3 days. Patient had undergone phacoemulsification in OS, 5 days back. Visual acuity was perception of light and accurate projection of rays. An epithelial defect of size 8 mm × 8 mm was noted with a ring-shaped deep infiltrate of outer diameter 9 mm and width of 2–3 mm [Figure 1]. Hypopyon of size 2 mm was noted. Yellow pupillary reflex was appreciated but fundus could not be visualized. B scan ultrasonography showed severe vitritis. OD was unremarkable.
Figure 1: Clinical and Microbiology images. (a). Slit lamp photo showing ring shaped deep infiltrate with vitreous exudates behind IOL. (b). Slit lamp photo at 1 month post-operatively with clear graft. (c). Colonies of Staphylococcus Caprae on blood agar. (d). Microscopy Photo of Staphylococcus Caprae on gram stain

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Corneal scraping was not possible due to deep infiltrates. Patient was diagnosed as post cataract surgery keratitis with endophthalmitis and planned for temporary kerato-prosthesis assisted pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) with therapeutic penetrating keratoplasty as there was limited view of posterior segment due to infected cornea. Fortified cefazoline 5% q2h (Reflin, Ranbaxy, India) was started in the affected eye.

Under peribulbar anesthesia, conjunctival peritomy was done and after trephining 7.5 mm of the central cornea, a Landers wide field temporary Kerato-prosthesis (K-pro) (OLTK-7.5) of size 7.5 mm was secured with 6-0 silk sutures (Ethicon, Johnson & Johnson, US). Vitreous biopsy (0.5 ml) was retrieved with a 20-gauge vitrectomy cutter. PCIOL was explanted. After removal of temporary K-pro, an excess corneal rim of 4 mm was excised by free hand dissection to include the peripheral infiltrates. Exudates were removed from the angles; thorough antibiotic wash was done and keratoplasty (TPK) was done with corneal graft size 11.5 mm and intravitreal Inj. of Vancomycin (1 mg/0.1 ml) and ceftazidime (2.2 mg/0.1 ml) was administered. Vitreous biopsy and corneal button were sent for microbiological evaluation. The tissue was cut into multiple pieces and suspended in peptone water and later inoculum was streaked on blood agar (BA), chocolate agar (CA) and sabourauds dextrose agar (SDA). Similarly, the vitreous sample was streaked over the three agars.

After incubating for 24 hours at 37°C aerobically, growth from the corneal sample was seen on blood and chocolate agar. The colonies on BA were cream colored and on microscopy showed gram-positive cocci in clusters [Figure 1]. The organism was confirmed by VITEK 2 microbiological identification system with VITEK GP card (VITEK® compact bioMérieux, Marcy l'Etoile, France) as S. caprae. On antibiotic sensitivity testing the strain was found to be sensitive to moxifloxacin and levofloxacin. There was no growth on any culture media from vitreous samples.

On postoperative day 1, patient had reduced pain while UCVA was hand movement due to fibrinous reaction in anterior chamber. Topical moxifloxacin 0.5%, q2h (Vigamox, Alcon, U.S.) was started along with prednisolone 1%, q2h, (Predforte, Allergan, Ireland.) with Timolol 0.5%, bid (Timoloast, Alcon, USA). Posterior segment had mild vitritis for which intravitreal antibiotic, Inj. Vancomycin (1 mg/0.1 ml) was repeated once on POD 3. At 1-month follow-up, the patient had BCVA of 6/60 on Snellen's chart and graft clarity 3+ with sterile suture infiltrates and a clear vitreous cavity on B scan ultrasonography [Figure 1].

  Discussion Top

Staphylococcus caprae is a normal human skin commensal implicated in hospital-acquired bone and joint infections, urinary tract infection otitis externa and endocarditis but not in corneal infections.[3] Staphylococcus caprae belongs to the “Epidermidis cluster group” which includes S. epidermidis, S. capitis and S. saccharolyticus on the basis of phylogenetic analysis.[4] These pathogens along with S. caprae are implicated in various nosocomial infections as they share similar fundamental mechanisms.[5]

Many strains of S. caprae isolated from human clinical specimens, have been misidentified as S. hominis and S. haemolyticus in conventional tests and has led to the under reporting of S. caprae associated infection in the literature.[5] Also, similar virulence factors were revealed when genome analysis of S. caprae was compared with other staphylococcal species.[6]

We identified S. caprae on VITEK 2 system which has 92.8% sensitivity for detection of S. caprae in human isolates.[7] VITEK 2 microbiological identification system is an automated machine dedicated to provide accurate phenotypic identification for most staphylococcal species with a sensitivity of 93.2% using a gram-positive (GP) identification card (bioMérieux, Marcy l'Etoile, France).[8]

The pathogen was highly sensitive to moxifloxacin, levofloxacin and ciprofloxacin while intermediately sensitive to amikacin and gatifloxacin. VITEK 2 system has been efficiently used for the antibiotic sensitivity testing of different staphylococcal species and its performance is comparable to broth microdilution method.[9]

Arias Roberta et al. reported a single case of S. caprae keratitis out of 187 patients of infective keratitis, but the details of the clinical presentation and management were not reported. In our case, S. caprae presented with a peripheral ring-shaped deep infiltrate mimicking acanthamoeba keratitis which is unique as it may lead to misdiagnosis based solely on clinical presentation.

Our patient presented with endophthalmitis along with keratitis which was not amenable to topical and systemic treatment shows the severity of the infection which can be induced by S. caprae in patients operated by cataract surgery. Early detection of such pathogen and relevant treatment is important to decrease permanent visual loss and prevent complications like descemetocele, perforation, ectatic cicatrix or dense corneal scarring.[11],[12]

  Conclusion Top

The present case report points out to the pathogenic potential of S. caprae in causing keratitis with endophthalmitis in immunocompetent patient. An early diagnosis on the basis of culture and sensitivity is necessary to prevent the grave clinical course and its complications.

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