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Bacterial conjunctivitis in Adult
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Bacterial conjunctivitis in Adult

See also in: External and Internal Eye
Contributors: Brandon D. Ayres MD, Christopher Rapuano MD, Harvey A. Brown MD, Sunir J. Garg MD, Lauren Patty Daskivich MD, MSHS
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Synopsis

Bacterial conjunctivitis is much less common than viral or allergic conjunctivitis in adults. Children and people with chronic ocular conditions tend to be more prone to bacterial conjunctivitis.

Patients will typically complain of ocular irritation, redness, foreign body sensation, and tearing associated with increased discharge. Itching is less common in bacterial conjunctivitis.

Inoculation of the conjunctiva is usually by direct hand-eye contact or can be due to direct spread of organisms located in the patient's own nasal passageway or sinuses. Often, patients will have concurrent sinus disease, upper respiratory infection (URI), or infectious dacryocystitis (infection of the lacrimal sac).

The onset of symptoms is usually over days to weeks but can be as short as 24 hours (hyperacute) or as long as years (chronic conjunctivitis). Hyperacute conjunctivitis is typically caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and chronic conjunctivitis is typically caused by Chlamydia trachomatis or Staphylococcus associated with blepharitis. Acute forms of bacterial conjunctivitis are the most common manifestations associated with the diagnosis.

Codes

ICD10CM:
H10.89 – Other conjunctivitis

SNOMEDCT:
128350005 – Bacterial conjunctivitis

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Last Reviewed:08/25/2019
Last Updated:08/19/2021
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Bacterial conjunctivitis in Adult
See also in: External and Internal Eye
Bacterial conjunctivitis : Eye irritation, Conjunctival injection, Excessive tearing, Mucopurulent eye discharge
Clinical image of Bacterial conjunctivitis
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