Gonococcal Ophthalmia Neonatorum

Gilbert B. Forbes, David Bishai, Miranda Bishai, Robert C. Brunham, Leslie Slaney, Allan R. Ronald, Francis A. Plummer, Marie Laga, Peter Piot, J. O. Ndinya-Achola, Herbert Nsanze, Lourdes J. D'costa, Warren Naamara, Dennis Kunimoto, Hugh C. Dillon

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To the Editor: The article by Laga et al. and the editorial by Dillon on gonococcal ophthalmia (Nov. 27 issue)1,2 document the high incidence of this infection when prophylaxis is not used — on this occasion, in Nairobi, Kenya, because of the occurrence of chemical conjunctivitis. Credé's seminal description of the striking benefit of silver nitrate prophylaxis was published 106 years ago; the incidence of ophthalmia fell, from 7.6 to 13.6 percent of newborns to zero in his Leipzig clinic, with the routine use of 2 percent silver nitrate. He stated that “It is not unusual for the instillation to….

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1548-1550
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number24
StatePublished - Jun 11 1987
Externally publishedYes

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    Forbes, G. B., Bishai, D., Bishai, M., Brunham, R. C., Slaney, L., Ronald, A. R., Plummer, F. A., Laga, M., Piot, P., Ndinya-Achola, J. O., Nsanze, H., D'costa, L. J., Naamara, W., Kunimoto, D., & Dillon, H. C. (1987). Gonococcal Ophthalmia Neonatorum. New England Journal of Medicine, 316(24), 1548-1550. https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJM198706113162415