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[The conjunctival flora of HIV-positive patients in an advanced stage]


Fortschr Ophthalmol. 1990;87(4):382-3. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

We evaluated the incidence of bacterial cultures taken from 23 outpatient and nosocomial AIDS patients. It was found that 36.6% of the 11 outpatients had non-pathogenic bacterial flora (Staphylococcus epidermis). Staphylococcus aureus as a pathogenic bacterium was found in 25% of the positive cultures in a group of 12 nosocomial patients. Candida albicans, a fungus, was also found in 25%, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the only gram-negative bacteria, was identified in 8.3%. Staphylococcus epidermidis was found in 18.8%. It was concluded that preoperative cultures of the conjunctival sac of hospitalized AIDS patients are essential before intraocular procedures are carried out. There must be no apparent infection of the conjunctiva.

Adult Bacteria/*ISOLATION & PURIF Candida albicans/ISOLATION & PURIF Conjunctiva/*MICROBIOLOGY English Abstract Female Human HIV Seropositivity/*MICROBIOLOGY Male Middle Age Pseudomonas aeruginosa/ISOLATION & PURIF Staphylococcus aureus/ISOLATION & PURIF Staphylococcus epidermidis/ISOLATION & PURIF JOURNAL ARTICLE


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