Eye: Pseudomonas aeruginosa – Shipped February 08, 2021
A simulated eye swab collected from metal worker with red eye was sent to category A laboratories. Participants were expected to report Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Susceptibility testing was not required for this challenge.
MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from M204-3
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a pathogen in ocular infections. It is uncommonly a pathogen of bacterial conjunctivitis but is of major concern in patients with keratitis (infection of the cornea) and endophthalmitis (infection of the vitreous or aqueous), particularly endophthalmitis arising from penetrating eye trauma or eye surgery.
- Clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa commonly demonstrate multidrug-resistant (MDR) phenotypes.