Conjunctivitis Synthesized Literature

In the neonate (less than 8 weeks of age) are there clinical features that are predictors for Neisseria gonorrhoeae and/orChlamydia trachomatis infection?

In the neonate (less than 8 weeks of age) with suspected Neisseriagonorrhoeae and/or Chlamydia trachomatis conjunctivitis,does culture versus PCR or both allow for the best detection of theinfecting pathogen?

Is treatment with azithromycin as effective as therapy with erythromycin in patients withChlamydia trachomatis conjunctivitis? 

In children greater than 8 weeks presenting with acutecon junctivitis, are there clinical signs or symptoms to helpdistinguish between bacterial and viral etiologies?

In children greater than 8 weeks with suspected bacterial conjunctivitis, is delayed treatment a valid option?

In children greater than 8 weeks presenting with acute conjunctivitis, what therapy options are recommended?

Do children with acute conjunctivitis need to be isolated from daycare or school setting?


These guidelines do not establish a standard of care to be followed in every case. It is recognized that each case is different and those individuals involved in providing health care are expected to use their judgment in determining what is in the best interests of the patient based on the circumstances existing at the time. It is impossible to anticipate all possible situations that may exist and to prepare guidelines for each. Accordingly these guidelines should guide care with the understanding that departures from them may be required at times.

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