What is the role of lab testing in the diagnosis of adenovirus-related epidemic keratoconjunctivitis?

Updated: Apr 15, 2021
  • Author: Sandra G Gompf, MD, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Viral and bacterial swab cultures of conjunctival secretions and scrapings are suggested. It is best to obtain conjunctival swabs for both viral culture and adenovirus-specific ELISA or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay to make a diagnosis of EKC, since subgroup D isolates, which are frequently implicated, can take two to four weeks to grow in tissue culture.


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