Chapter 53. Conjunctivitis

  1. Brian H. Rowe MD, MSc, CCFP(EM), FCCP Professor Research Director
  1. Nicola E. Schiebel MD, FRCPC Assistant Professor

Published Online: 27 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch53

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

How to Cite

Schiebel, N. E. (2008) Conjunctivitis, in Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine (ed B. H. Rowe), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch53

Editor Information

  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Author Information

  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 31 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405161435

Online ISBN: 9781444303674



  • “Red eye” - common ophthalmological complaint in ED;
  • conjunctivitis or allergic conjunctivitis;
  • Cochrane Library, MEDLINE and EMBASE database search;
  • MEDLINE: conjunctivitis AND signs and symptoms;
  • acutely red eye assessment and ruling out sight threatening ocular emergencies;
  • orbital cellulitis;
  • CINAHL and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials in relevant diagnostic studies


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Case scenario

  • Background

  • Clinical questions

  • General search strategy

  • Critical review of the literature

  • Conclusions

  • References