What are the possible complications of conjunctivitis in neonates?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Michael A Silverman, MD, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Any of the bacterial organisms that cause conjunctivitis, particularly in a premature infant, can lead to sepsis and death. Neonates are at risk for secondary meningitis, cellulitis, and septicemia, particularly if the conjunctivitis is caused by Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, or Haemophilus influenzae.


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