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Endophthalmitis

Definition:

Endophthalmitis is a serious condition involving swelling (inflammation) within the eyeball.



Causes, incidence, and risk factors:

Endophthalmitis is most often caused by infection with bacteria or other microorganisms. It can also occur as a rare complication of cataract or other eye surgery.



Symptoms:

The symptoms are:

  • Decreased vision
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling of the eyelids

If you have these symptoms after eye surgery, call your doctor immediately.



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References: Read RW. Endophthalmitis. In: Yanoff M, Duker JS, Augsburger JJ, Azar DT, eds. Ophthalmology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2008: chap 7.9.


Review Date: 8/2/2009
Reviewed By: Linda Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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