What is the role of a gram stain in the diagnosis of bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

Updated: Jan 03, 2019
  • Author: Karen K Yeung, OD, FAAO; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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Gram stain is useful for identifying bacterial characteristics, including a rough bacterial titer, a rough estimate of white blood cell (WBC) count, and the presence of chains, clusters, or intracytoplasmic inclusions.


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