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Parinaud oculoglandular syndrome

  • Definition

    Parinaud oculoglandular syndrome is an eye problem similar to conjunctivitis ("pink eye"). It usually affects only one eye and is accompanied by nearby swollen lymph nodes and an illness with a fever.

    Alternative Names

    Oculoglandular syndrome

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Parinaud oculoglandular syndrome (POS) is caused by an infection by bacteria, virus, fungus, or a parasite.

    The most common causes are cat-scratch disease and tularemia (rabbit fever). The bacteria that cause either condition can infect the eye. Either the bacteria can directly enter the eye (on a finger or other object), or air droplets that carry the bacteria can land on the eye.

    Other infectious diseases may spread this same way, or through the bloodstream to the eye.