Infection Acquired

Figure 2.8. Trachoma inclusion conjunctivitis (TRIC or chlamydial conjunctivitis) usually does not become clinically apparent before the 6th day of life. This shows a dense white membrane which developed over a period of a week. TRIC is one of the few infections which cause the formation of conjunctival membranes, shown on the conjunctival surface of the upper eyelid of this eye. Tetracycline and erythromycin have been used for Crede prophylaxis in some nurseries because of the increasing incidence of chlamydial infection.

Figure 2.9. Escherichia coli conjunctivitis is present in this right eye. The most common conjunctivitis in the neonate in die first 24 hours of life is a chemical conjunctivitis. If the conjunctivitis is due to an infection, the most common cause is Staphylococcus aureus, but many other organisms may be responsible. Culture and sensitivity will suggest the appropriate antibiotic therapy.

Figure 2.9. Escherichia coli conjunctivitis is present in this right eye. The most common conjunctivitis in the neonate in die first 24 hours of life is a chemical conjunctivitis. If the conjunctivitis is due to an infection, the most common cause is Staphylococcus aureus, but many other organisms may be responsible. Culture and sensitivity will suggest the appropriate antibiotic therapy.

Chemical Conjunctivitis
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