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Portuguese Journal of Nephrology & Hypertension

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SILVA, Andreia Dias da et al. Endogenous endophthalmitis: a not so rare ophthalmic emergency among hemodialysis patients. Port J Nephrol Hypert [online]. 2019, vol.33, n.1, pp.58-60. ISSN 0872-0169.

Endogenous endophthalmitis is an intraocular infection secondary to the hematogenous spread of microorganisms. It is an ophthalmological emergency associated with serious complications if not promptly diagnosed and treated. Despite the susceptibility of hemodialysis patients to episodes of bacteremia associated with vascular access, it is considered a rare disease. In fact, very few cases are described worldwide. We present 3 cases of endogenous endophthalmitis, secondary to bacteremia associated to vascular access in patients under hemodialysis treatment, aiming to raise awareness of this not so rare metastatic infection, possibly underdiagnosed in this population

Keywords : Bacteremia; Endogenous endophthalmitis; Hemodialysis; Metastatic infection; Vascular access.

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