Mucopurulent discharge

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Mucopurulent discharge

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Mucopurulent discharge is the emission or secretion of fluid containing mucus and pus (Muco pretaining to 'mucus' and purulent pertaining to 'pus') from the eye, nose, cervix, vagina, or other part of the body due to infection and inflammation.

Differential diagnosis of causes in opthalmology

In ophthalmology, mucopurulent discharge from the eyes, and caught in the eyelashes, is a hallmark sign of bacterial conjunctivitis. The normal buildup of tears, mucus, and dirt (compare rheum) that appears at the edge of the eyelids after sleep is not mucopurulent discharge, as it does not contain pus.

Differential diagnosis of causes in obstetrics and gynecology

Mucopurulent discharge from the cervix/vagina can be indicative of PID, or pelvic inflammatory disease, which is associated with N. gonorrhea or Chlamydia. Along with discharge, the woman suffering from PID will also complain of lower abdominal tenderness, bilateral adnexal tenderness and cervical motion tenderness.

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