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May 1979

Meningococcal Conjunctivitis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, and the Department of Ophthalmology, Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles. Dr Brook is now with the Department of Child Health and Development, Children's Hospital National Medical Center, Washington, DC.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1979;97(5):890-891. doi:10.1001/archopht.1979.01020010448010

• Meningococcal conjunctivitis is typically described as an acute purulent infection. An atypical case of mild catarrhal conjunctivitis occurred in a 19-year-old college student. The meningococci were identified as Neisseria meningitidis, group A, and were isolated from the throats of the patient and her roommate. The conjunctivitis responded rapidly to treatment with sodium sulfacetamide, and it was not treated systemically. A short review of the literature of meningococcal conjunctivitis is presented, and the current recommendation for prophylaxis is discussed.

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