Acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis

Am Fam Physician. 1992 Jan;45(1):173-8.


Acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis, an infection caused by enterovirus 70 and a variant of coxsackievirus A24, is characterized by the rapid onset of severely painful conjunctivitis and subconjunctival hemorrhage. The condition is usually benign and resolves in five to seven days; however, a polio-like paralysis (radiculomyelitis) develops in approximately one in 10,000 patients infected with enterovirus 70. No treatment is available. Information about acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis should be provided to patients and the community in order to prevent undue alarm, discourage home remedies and control the spread of this highly contagious disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Conjunctivitis, Acute Hemorrhagic* / diagnosis
  • Conjunctivitis, Acute Hemorrhagic* / epidemiology
  • Conjunctivitis, Acute Hemorrhagic* / therapy
  • Coxsackievirus Infections* / diagnosis
  • Coxsackievirus Infections* / epidemiology
  • Coxsackievirus Infections* / therapy
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Enterovirus Infections* / diagnosis
  • Enterovirus Infections* / epidemiology
  • Enterovirus Infections* / therapy
  • Enterovirus*
  • Family Practice / education
  • Family Practice / methods
  • Humans