Infectious Diseases

13 December 2019

SEE: Woman develops infection after rare flesh-eating bacteria invades her eye sockets

A 58-year-old woman had one nerve-racking eye-opening experience when a flesh-eating infection took hold of her eye sockets.

According to a case report published in the Journal of Emergency Medicine, a 58-year-old woman showed up at the emergency room after developing severe eye pain and swelling for more than five days.

The life-threatening infection is extremely rare, and the study’s co-author, Dr. Ryan Walsh, an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee, told Live Science that it’s "probably a once in a career case”.

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