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Cornea / conjunctiva: swab

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Introduction

  • Collection of samples from affected area of external eye for bacterial/mycotic cultural and antibiotic sensitivity testing.
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Uses

  • Bacterial and mycotic culture and sensitivity testing from infectious processes involving the eyelids, conjunctiva and cornea.
    Not helpful for identifying viruses

Advantages

  • Relatively easy to collect.
  • Specific infections and appropriate treatment identified.

Disadvantages

  • Normal flora of sampled area exist and must be differentiated from pathologic organisms.
  • Must be used as part of a full ophthalmic examination including corneal/conjunctival cytology .
  • Should be taken before application of any other medication, local anesthetic or examination substance (mydriatic) as those may affect the likelihood of a positive culture due to preservatives in the solution.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Brooks D E (1999) Equine Ophthalmology. In: Veterinary Ophthalmology. Ed: Gelatt K N. 3rd edn.

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