Anaphylactic reaction following intracameral cefuroxime injection during cataract surgery

Elad Moisseiev*, Eliya Levinger

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We report a patient who developed an anaphylactic reaction several minutes after intracameral injection of cefuroxime at the end of uneventful phacoemulsification and intraocular lens implantation surgery. The patient had a known allergy to penicillin but not to cefuroxime. This rare life-threatening complication was recognized and immediately treated by the surgeon. The literature on the use of intracameral cefuroxime for endophthalmitis prophylaxis and its risk for anaphylaxis is reviewed. Cataract surgeons should be aware of this potentially fatal complication and be prepared to handle it. Financial Disclosure Neither author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1432-1434
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2013


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