Nocardia asteroides necrotizing scleritis associated with subtenon triamcinolone acetonide injection

Rajeev K. Seth, Paul A. Gaudio

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Purpose: To report a case of Nocardia asteroides infection after subtenon triamcinolone acetonide injection. Design: Case report. Results: An 80-year old female received a subtenon triamcinolone acetonide injection for postcataract surgery cystoid macular edema. Shortly after, the patient developed a chronic red eye that progressed to a fulminant necrotizing scleritis. Eventual scleral biopsy revealed Nocardia asteroides infection, which improved after 5 months of systemic antibiotic therapy. Conclusions: Subtenon triamcinolone acetonide injection should be recognized as a cause of serious infectious scleritis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-140
Number of pages2
JournalOcular Immunology and Inflammation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2008



  • Nocardia
  • Scleritis
  • Triamcinolone acetonide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Ophthalmology

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