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Bacteriological pattern and their correlation with complications in culture positive cases of acute bacterial conjunctivitis in a tertiary care hospital of upper Assam: A cross sectional study.

PMID: 32049777 (view PubMed database entry)
DOI: 10.1097/md.0000000000018570 (read at publisher's website )
PMCID: PMC7035090 (free full text version available)

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Anusuya Bhattacharyya, Phulen Sarma, Bhaswati Sarma, Subodh Kumar, Tapan Gogoi, Hardeep Kaur, Manish Prajapat,

Department of Pharmacology, PGIMER, Chandigarh.

Acute conjunctivitis is inflammation of conjunctiva of less than 3 to 4 weeks duration, characterized by cellular infiltration and exudation. It may also result into corneal, lid or orbital involvement which may lead to various complications.A hospital based prospective study was conducted in Assam Medical College and Hospital with 110 culture proven acute bacterial conjunctivitis cases. Primary objective was to evaluate the bacteriological pattern and secondary objectives were to evaluate seasonal variation, association of different organisms with various complications and antibiotic sensitivity pattern of the isolates.Maximum frequency of bacterial conjunctivitis observed from May to September. SA was the predominant organism isolated throughout the year (32.1%). Commonest single organism isolates were SE (26.1%) and SA (21.6%). True membrane formation was significantly associated with CD (P < .05), whereas pseudo-membrane formation was associated with SA and STBH isolation (P < .05). Isolation of SE, SA, and PA was associated with corneal involvement (P < .05). Lid involvement was seen with SA and Diphtheroid, whereas SP isolation was associated with concomitant dacryocystitis (P < .05). All the major organisms were (SE, SA, D, STBH, SP) highly sensitive to amino-glycosides, cephalosporins, chloromphenicol, vancomycin and linezolid, whereas high level of resistance was seen towards fluroquinolones (ciprofloxacin and moxifloxacin).All acute bacterial conjunctivitis cases don't require antibiotic therapy. In case if required, periodical culture and sensitivity may guide initial pre-emptive antibiotic therapy. Further choice of antibiotic should be govern by culture and sensitivity status.

Medicine (Baltimore) (Medicine)
[2020, 99(7):e18570]

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