Ocular hypersensitivitiy to topical vancomycin in a case of chronic endophthalmitis

Jinn Jong Hwu, Ko Hua Chen, Wen-Ming Hsu, Jui Yang Lai, Yen Shien Li

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Purpose: To report a case of ocular allergy to topical vancomycin eye drops. Methods: Interventional case report. Results: A 76-year-old man presented with progressive itching, soreness, and burning sensations, photophobia, and tearing in his left eye 3 days after completing 2 weeks of treatment with 5% vancomycin eye drops. He had been suffering for the previous 2 years from chronic recurrent endophthalmitis and secondary glaucoma associated with cataract surgery in his left eye. He denied any history of drug or food allergy. Examination by slit-lamp microscope showed left periorbital skin erosive rash, marked hyperemia of conjunctiva, central epithelial defect, corneal stromal edema, and Descemet membrane striae. Vancomycin skin tests were positive. The patient's symptoms resolved after discontinuing vancomycin eye drops and responded well to systemic corticosteroids, antihistamines, and topical corticosteroid treatments. Teicoplanin treated his endophthalmitis successfully. Conclusion: A case of hypersensitivity to topical vancamycin was reported. Patients who receive topical vancomycin should be informed of this possible adverse effect and instructed to contact their ophthalmologists if allergic reactions occur.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)754-756
Number of pages3
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Endophthalmitis
  • Ocular hypersensitivity
  • Propionibacterium acnes
  • Skin test
  • Vancomycin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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