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A Patient With Bilateral Conjunctivitis Positive for SARS-CoV-2 RNA in a Conjunctival Sample.
Cornea. 2021 Mar 01; 40(3):383-386.C

Abstract

PURPOSE

To present a patient with bilateral conjunctivitis, testing positive for viral RNA of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in both nasopharyngeal and conjunctival samples.

METHODS

A 40-year-old man with bilateral acute conjunctivitis and suspicious signs of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) presented to the hospital. A detailed ophthalmic examination was performed. Samples obtained from conjunctival and nasopharyngeal swabs were tested by reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR) for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 virus. Ocular findings and duration of the presence of viral RNA in the conjunctival specimens were evaluated at follow-up visits.

RESULTS

Slit-lamp biomicroscopy revealed bilateral acute follicular conjunctivitis. The RT-PCR assay demonstrated the presence of viral RNA in the nasopharyngeal and conjunctival specimens at the initial visit and at the 4-day follow-up. Conjunctivitis findings were decreased after 4 days and recovered completely without any sequelae within10 days. The PCR results of both nasopharyngeal and conjunctiva specimens were negative for the viral RNA at 10 days.

CONCLUSIONS

Bilateral conjunctivitis is rare in patients infected with COVID-19. Although it is difficult to detect viral RNA from conjunctival swabs, conjunctival secretions may be a source of contamination, and protective measures must be taken.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Ophthalmology, Kayseri City Hospital, Health Science University, Kayseri, Turkey.Department of Ophthalmology, Hendek State Hospital, Sakarya, Turkey; and.Department of Internal Medicine, Kayseri City Hospital, Health Science University, Kayseri, Turkey.

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32794685

Citation

Sirakaya, Ender, et al. "A Patient With Bilateral Conjunctivitis Positive for SARS-CoV-2 RNA in a Conjunctival Sample." Cornea, vol. 40, no. 3, 2021, pp. 383-386.
Sirakaya E, Sahiner M, Aslan Sirakaya H. A Patient With Bilateral Conjunctivitis Positive for SARS-CoV-2 RNA in a Conjunctival Sample. Cornea. 2021;40(3):383-386.
Sirakaya, E., Sahiner, M., & Aslan Sirakaya, H. (2021). A Patient With Bilateral Conjunctivitis Positive for SARS-CoV-2 RNA in a Conjunctival Sample. Cornea, 40(3), 383-386. https://doi.org/10.1097/ICO.0000000000002485
Sirakaya E, Sahiner M, Aslan Sirakaya H. A Patient With Bilateral Conjunctivitis Positive for SARS-CoV-2 RNA in a Conjunctival Sample. Cornea. 2021 Mar 1;40(3):383-386. PubMed PMID: 32794685.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A Patient With Bilateral Conjunctivitis Positive for SARS-CoV-2 RNA in a Conjunctival Sample. AU - Sirakaya,Ender, AU - Sahiner,Mustafa, AU - Aslan Sirakaya,Hatice, PY - 2020/05/09/received PY - 2020/06/25/accepted PY - 2020/8/15/pubmed PY - 2021/2/13/medline PY - 2020/8/15/entrez SP - 383 EP - 386 JF - Cornea JO - Cornea VL - 40 IS - 3 N2 - PURPOSE: To present a patient with bilateral conjunctivitis, testing positive for viral RNA of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in both nasopharyngeal and conjunctival samples. METHODS: A 40-year-old man with bilateral acute conjunctivitis and suspicious signs of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) presented to the hospital. A detailed ophthalmic examination was performed. Samples obtained from conjunctival and nasopharyngeal swabs were tested by reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR) for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 virus. Ocular findings and duration of the presence of viral RNA in the conjunctival specimens were evaluated at follow-up visits. RESULTS: Slit-lamp biomicroscopy revealed bilateral acute follicular conjunctivitis. The RT-PCR assay demonstrated the presence of viral RNA in the nasopharyngeal and conjunctival specimens at the initial visit and at the 4-day follow-up. Conjunctivitis findings were decreased after 4 days and recovered completely without any sequelae within10 days. The PCR results of both nasopharyngeal and conjunctiva specimens were negative for the viral RNA at 10 days. CONCLUSIONS: Bilateral conjunctivitis is rare in patients infected with COVID-19. Although it is difficult to detect viral RNA from conjunctival swabs, conjunctival secretions may be a source of contamination, and protective measures must be taken. SN - 1536-4798 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32794685/A_Patient_With_Bilateral_Conjunctivitis_Positive_for_SARS_CoV_2_RNA_in_a_Conjunctival_Sample_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1097/ICO.0000000000002485 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -