Actinomycetes canaliculitis complicating congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction in an infant.Indian J Ophthalmol. 2018 04; 66(4):574-577.IJ
Actinomyces israelii is a Gram-positive anaerobic organism commonly associated with canaliculitis in adults. Pediatric canaliculitis is relatively rare, especially in infancy. We report the case of an 11-month-old boy who presented with co-existing canaliculitis and congenital nasolacrimal obstruction. The presenting signs included epiphora, discharge, conjunctival congestion, and matting of lashes. On examination, punctual pouting, regurgitation, and yellow canaliculiths were noted. A punctoplasty and canalicular curettage were performed along with nasolacrimal probing. Microbiological tests confirmed the organisms to be A. israelii. We discuss the clinical features and management of Actinomyces-associated canaliculitis and review the available literature on pediatric canaliculitis.