Moraxella Keratitis: A Case Series

Sarah E. Kenny, Madeleine Puig, Ricardo Salinas, Daniel A. Johnson, Ahmad Kheirkhah

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Objective:To report the ocular and systemic risk factors, clinical manifestations, and management outcomes of Moraxella keratitis.Methods:This retrospective study included patients with culture-proven Moraxella keratitis in South Texas between 2012 and 2018. Clinical data including demographics, ocular and systemic risk factors, clinical presentation, speciation, and treatment course were collected.Results:Fourteen eyes of 14 patients had culture-proven Moraxella keratitis which made up 8.1% of cases of culture-proven bacterial keratitis in the period studied. These included 10 men and 4 women with a mean age of 52.7±11.3 years. Ten patients (71.4%) had different ocular risk factors such as ocular trauma, corneal foreign body, contact lens use, preceding viral keratitis, neurotrophic cornea, and recent corneal transplant on topical steroids. Systemic risk factors included diabetes mellitus, systemic immunosuppressive therapy, cancer chemotherapy, and AIDS. There was no specific clinical manifestation. The size of stromal infiltration on initial presentation varied among the cases, with 71.4% stromal infiltrations of 4 mm or less. The patients were managed with fortified tobramycin, fortified vancomycin, and moxifloxacin eye drops. No eyes required surgical intervention during treatment for the active infection, except for one eye with pre-existing no light perception that was enucleated because of chronic pain.Conclusions:Moraxella keratitis is a less frequent form of bacterial keratitis that appears more prevalent in patients with previous ocular conditions. Early diagnosis of this infection and medical treatment with a conventional corneal ulcer regimen can result in good clinical outcomes without the need for a surgical intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)674-676
Number of pages3
JournalEye and Contact Lens
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2021


  • Corneal ulcer
  • Keratitis
  • Moraxella

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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