Corynebacterium spp as causative agents of microbial keratit
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Bacterial keratitis can lead to significant loss of vision. It occurs when microorganisms overcome host defences. Under conditions, such as trauma or systemic infection, the normal flora too can contribute to ocular infection.Although Corynebacterium spp, which are also referred to as diphtheroids, are regarded as non-pathogenic organisms, they have been recognised as the cause of serious systemic and ocular infection. Corynebacterium spp are associated with conjunctivitis,keratitis and endophthalmitis.During the past few years, there have been an increased number of ocular infections due to coryneform bacteria. At L V Prasad Eye Institute, Bhubaneswar, a large number of patients are seen with microbial keratitis. In this report, we share the clinical and microbiological profile of keratitis caused by Corynebacterium spp.

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