Which disorders should be considered in the differential diagnoses of acute conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

Updated: Mar 03, 2021
  • Author: Michael A Silverman, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Failure to recognize herpes simplex conjunctivitis and keratitis and prescribing corticosteroids, as well as failure to consider other causes in a patient with an acutely red eye (eg, iritis, uveitis, angle-closure glaucoma, ocular ischemic syndrome, penetrating or perforating ocular injury) are also potential pitfalls.

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