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Gonococcal conjunctivitis - External and Internal Eye
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Emergency: requires immediate attention

Gonococcal conjunctivitis - External and Internal Eye

Contributors: Aditi Jani MD, 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

Gonococcal conjunctivitis, caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae, occurs in 2 distinct groups: neonates and sexually active individuals. Transmission usually occurs by contact with infected urine or genital secretions. The disease presents as a hyperacute follicular conjunctivitis with lid edema, chemosis, hyperemia, and copious mucopurulent discharge. In neonates, the infection usually begins 24-48 hours after birth but may take slightly longer. In adults, the incubation period is 2-7 days. In both, rapid diagnosis and treatment is essential to avoid severe complications such as corneal ulceration and perforation.

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ICD10CM:
A54.31 – Gonococcal conjunctivitis

SNOMEDCT:
231858009 – Gonococcal conjunctivitis

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Last Reviewed:11/09/2021
Last Updated:10/20/2022
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Emergency: requires immediate attention
Gonococcal conjunctivitis - External and Internal Eye
A medical illustration showing key findings of Gonococcal conjunctivitis (Adult) : Developed acutely , Periorbital edema, Sclera/bulbar conjunctiva hemorrhage, Hypopyon, Chemosis, Mucopurulent eye discharge
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