Septic implantation syndrome

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Severe lens-induced uveitis with corneal edema, vascularization and hypopyon[1]

Septic implantation syndrome is an ophthalmic disease characterized by a slowly progressive or delayed-onset endophthalmitis with lens capsule rupture, lenticular abscess, and frequently intralenticular microorganisms.

In dogs, this is usually associated with traumatic penetration of the globe and lens capsule[2], such as a cat scratch wound or secondary to following phacoemulsification.

The trauma invariably leads to lenticular-induced uveitis.

There appears to be no apparent gender, age or breed predilections in dogs, except in cases of phacoemulsification, where the Labrador Retriever appears predisposed to developing this condition[3].

In most dogs, this leads to lens epithelial proliferation, pupillary occlusion and glaucoma, resulting in eye loss[4].


  1. Vetrinary Vision
  2. Bell CM et al (2012) Septic implantation syndrome in dogs and cats: a distinct pattern of endophthalmitis with lenticular abscess. Vet Ophthalmol Jul 19
  3. Moeller E et al (2011) Postoperative glaucoma in the Labrador Retriever: incidence, risk factors, and visual outcome following routine phacoemulsification. Vet Ophthalmol 14(6):385-394
  4. Wilcock BP & Peiffer RL (1987) The pathology of lens-induced uveitis in dogs. Vet Pathol 24(6):549-553