Conjunctivitis
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Conjunctivitis

Inflammation of the mucous membranes surrounding the eye causing the area to become red and irritated. The membranes may be irritated because of exposure to heat, cold or chemicals. This condition is also caused by viruses, bacteria or allergies.

Conjunctivitis

A condition in which the conjunctiva (membranes lining the eyelids and covering the white part of the eye) become inflamed or infected. Also called pinkeye.

Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis must meet at least one of the following criteria:
1. Patient has organism(s) cultured from purulent exudate obtained from the conjunctiva or contiguous tissues, (e.g., eyelid, cornea, meibomian glands, or lacrimal glands).
2. Patient has pain or redness of conjunctiva or around eye.
And at least one of the following:
a. WBCs and organisms seen on Gram stain of exudate
b. purulent exudate
c. positive non culture diagnostic laboratory test on exudate or conjunctival scraping (e.g., antigen tests such as ELISA or IF for Chlamydia trachomatis, herpes simplex virus, adenovirus)
d. multinucleated giant cells seen on microscopic examination of conjunctival exudate or scrapings
e. positive viral culture on exudate or conjunctival scraping
f. diagnostic single antibody titer (IgM) or 4-fold increase in paired sera (IgG) for organism

Conjunctivitis

Inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva, which is the mucous membrane that lines the inner surface of the eye. Conjunctivitis is commonly caused by a bacterial or viral infection, an allergic reaction, or a blocked tear duct (in babies). Conjunctivitis can also occur as part of a hypersensitivity reaction to certain antiretroviral (ARV) drugs.

Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is the medical term for inflammation of the eyelids or the covering over the eye, typically caused by infection or chemical exposure. Some influenza (flu) viruses, such as some avian flu A (bird flu) viruses, can cause conjunctivitis in people.

Conjunctivitis

A condition in which the conjunctiva (membranes lining the eyelids and covering the white part of the eye) become inflamed or infected.

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Conjunctivitis has been defined 8 different ways in documents like Glossary of Terms, Glossary of Cancer Terms, CDC/NHSN Surveillance Definitions for Specific Types of Infections, and 5 more.

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