Capnocytophaga Keratitis: Clinical Presentation and Use of Metagenomic Deep Sequencing for Diagnosis

Gerami D. Seitzman, Praneetha Thulasi, Armin Hinterwirth, Cindi Chen, Jessica Shantha, Thuy Doan

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Purpose: To report our experience with 2 cases of Capnocytophaga keratitis. Methods: This is a retrospective study of case reports. We present the clinical presentation, diagnosis, and treatment strategies of 2 patients who presented with Capnocytophaga keratitis. Results: Both patients had risk factors including systemic immune compromise and ocular trauma. Both patients had robust inflammatory keratitis with necrosis. Case 1 demonstrates identification of Capnocytophaga with traditional microbiologic techniques. Case 2 demonstrates the use of unbiased metagenomic deep sequencing for identification of this unusual corneal pathogen. Conclusions: Capnocytophaga is a rare and aggressive infection. Even when traditional culture identifies the pathogen rapidly, keratitis can progress to perforation. In cases of severe keratitis in which traditional culture methods are unrevealing, metagenomic deep sequencing has potential to provide actionable diagnoses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-248
Number of pages3
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019


  • Capnocytophaga keratitis
  • infectious keratitis
  • metagenomic deep sequencing


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