TITLE

Chlamydia trachomatis causing neonatal conjunctivitis in a tertiary care center

AUTHOR(S)
Kakar, S.; Bhalla, P.; Maria, A.; Rana, M.; Chawla, R.; Mathur, N. B.
PUB. DATE
January 2010
SOURCE
Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology;Jan2010, Vol. 28 Issue 1, p45
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Chlamydia trachomatis is considered a major aetiological agent of conjunctivitis in newborns. The objective of the present study was to determine the aetiology of neonatal conjunctivitis and clinico-epidemiological correlates of chlamydial ophthalmia neonatorum. Fifty-eight newborns with signs and symptoms of conjunctivitis were studied. Conjunctival specimens were subjected to Gram staining, routine bacteriological culture, culture for Neisseria gonorrhoeae and direct fluorescent antibody (DFA) staining for diagnosis of C. trachomatis infection. C. trachomatis was detected in 18 (31%) neonates. Findings suggest that since C. trachomatis is the most common cause of neonatal conjunctivitis, routine screening and treatment of genital C. trachomatis infection in pregnant women and early diagnosis and treatment of neonatal Chlamydial conjunctivitis may be considered for its prevention and control.
ACCESSION #
47675397

 

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