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Ophthalmia Neonatorum : Erythromycin Lactobionate Vs. Gentamicin Sulfate

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Neonatal conjunctivitis, also known as ophthalmia neonatorum, is a form of bacterial conjunctivitis contracted by newborns during delivery. The baby's eyes are contaminated during passage through the birth canal from a mother infected with either Neisseria gonorrhoeae or Chlamydia trachomatis. Eyedrops containing erythromycin are typically used to prevent the condition. If left untreated it can cause blindness.

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