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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 57-59

Kocuria rhizophila dacryocystitis: Report of a rare causative organism in a common clinical condition

1 Department of Microbiology, Orbit, Oculoplasty, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Services, Medical Research Foundation, Sankara Nethralya, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Microbiology, L & T Microbiology Research Centre, Medical Research Foundation, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Bipasha Mukherjee
Orbit, Oculoplasty, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Services Medical Research Foundation 18, College Road, Chennai - 600 006
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/tjosr.tjosr_113_21

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A 3-year-old female child presented to us with complaints of watering in the left eye since birth, along with swelling near the medial canthus of the left eye for 1 week. External examination revealed a burst lacrimal sac abscess. The child underwent left eye probing with intubation. Cultures of the lacrimal sac contents revealed Kocuria rhizophila, a Gram-positive bacterium, as the primary pathogen. K. rhizophila was identified based on phenotypic characteristics and the VITEK-2 system. On follow-up visit, she had a recurrence of nasolacrimal duct obstruction with discharge from the left eye and subsequently underwent dacryocystorhinostomy. This study reports the first case K. rhizophila dacryocystitis, its clinicomicrobiological correlation, and management.

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