What are the possible complications of acute enteroviral hemorrhagic conjunctivitis?

Updated: Mar 17, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Secondary bacterial conjunctivitis may occur.

In severe cases, keratitis may occur and may last several weeks but is rarely permanent.

Paralysis (motor and/or sensory) may follow AHC by 2-5 weeks. It is clinically indistinguishable from polio, although it occurs exclusively in patients older than 20 years. Males are affected more frequently than females. [80]

Neurological complications of AHC occur in epidemics caused by enterovirus 70 but not by coxsackievirus A24. [81]


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