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Eye: ocular discharge - overview

Synonym(s): Serous discharge or Wet eye; Purulent discharge

Contributor(s): Miss Heidi J Featherstone

Introduction

  • Ocular discharge is a common presenting clinical sign for dogs and cats with ocular disease. Although there are only a few principal types of ocular discharge, the underlying causes for these are numerous. It is therefore essential that a thorough and systematic approach is adopted so that the correct diagnosis is reached.
  • Ocular discharge can be divided into two main types, serous discharge or the wet eye, and purulent discharge. The latter is often further described with terms such as mucoid or mucopurulent discharge, although the clinical distinction is often less precise.

Serous discharge (the Wet Eye)

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Purulent discharge

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Techniques used in the investigation of ocular discharge

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from VetMed Resource and PubMed.
  • Hacker D V (1990) Crocodile tears syndrome in a domestic cat: case report.  JAAHA 26, 245-246.

Other sources of information

  • Petersen-Jones E S & Crispin S (eds) (2002) BSAVA Manual of Small Animal Ophthalmology. 2nd edn.


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