Ophthalmia neonatorum


Caption = A newborn with gonococcal ophthalmia neonatorum.
DiseasesDB = 9237
ICD10 = ICD10|A|54|3|a|50, ICD10|P|39|1|p|35
ICD9 = ICD9|098.40, ICD9|771.6
MedlinePlus =
eMedicineSubj = oph
eMedicineTopic = 325
MeshID = D009878

Ophthalmia neonatorum is a form of bacterial conjunctivitis contracted by newborns during delivery. The baby's eyes are contaminated during passage through the birth canal from a mother infected with either "Neisseria gonorrhoeae" or "Chlamydia trachomatis". Eyedrops containing erythromycin are typically used to prevent the condition.cite web | url = http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001606.htm | title = MedlinePlus - Neonatal Conjunctivitis | accessdate = 2008-08-28] If left untreated it can cause blindness.

Ophthalmia neonatorum, also known as neonatal conjunctivitis, can also be caused by other bacteria, viruses, and chemical irritants (such as silver nitrate). Thus, silver nitrate is not used commonly anymore, because it can cause chemical conjunctivitis, which usually clears up within 2 to 4 days. In most countries neomycin and chloramphenicol eye drops are being used instead.

Ophthalmia neonatorum due to gonococci ("Neisseria gonorrhoeae") typically manifests in the first 5 days of life and is associated with marked bilateral purulent discharge. In contrast, conjunctivitis secondary to infection with chlamydia ("Chlamydia trachomatis") produces conjunctivitis after day 3 of life, but may occur up to 2 weeks after delivery. Babies infected with chlamydia may develop pneumonitis (chest infection) at a later stage (range 2 weeks - 19 weeks after delivery). Infants with chlamydia pneumonitis should be treated with oral erythromycin for 14 days. [cite web |url=http://aapredbook.aappublications.org/ |title=Red Book - Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, 29th Edition. The American Academy of Pediatrics. |accessdate=2007-07-12 |format= |work=]

Erythromycin eye drops used for N. Gonnorhea conjunctivitis do not protect against chlamydial conjunctivitis.


ee also

*List of systemic diseases with ocular manifestations

Gonococcal infection in eyes is uncommon now a days but very serious. Quinolone topical antibiotic eye drops are effective. 10% sulphacetamide may be a good alternative.

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