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Eye (Lond). 1990;4 ( Pt 3):510-3.

Per-nasal swabbing as an aid to the diagnosis of chlamydial and adenovirus conjunctivitis.

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St Pauls Eye Hospital, Liverpool.

Abstract

Two hundred and thirty four patients (adults and babies) with conjunctivitis were investigated by taking eye swabs and in addition by taking per-nasal swabs. Chlamydia trachomatis was isolated from 20 patients and adenovirus from 14 patients. Per-nasal swabbing led to a 53% increase in chlamydia diagnosis and a 27% increase in the diagnosis of adenovirus infection. It is suggested that per-nasal swabbing has an important role to play in detecting chlamydial conjunctivitis which itself may be an indicator for high morbidity in patients and their contacts.

PMID:
2209918
DOI:
10.1038/eye.1990.67
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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