CLINICAL IMAGE | VOLUME 4, ISSUE 3 | OPEN ACCESS DOI: 10.23937/2378-346X/1410078

Bacterial Conjunctivitis Secondary to Novel Party Game

Derek K-H Ho and Sejal Bhatt

Royal Gwent Hospital, United Kingdom

*Corresponding author: Dr. Derek K-H Ho, Royal Gwent Hospital, Cardiff Road, Newport NP20 2UB, United Kingdom, E-mail:

Received: July 24, 2017 | Accepted: September 07, 2017 | Published: September 09, 2017

Citation: Ho DKH, Bhatt S (2017) Bacterial Conjunctivitis Secondary to Novel Party Game. Int J Ophthalmol Clin Res 4:078.

Copyright: © 2017 Ho DKH, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Bacterial conjunctivitis, Face-pie

Case Report

A 42-year-old female was referred to eye casualty for suspected left orbital cellulitis with swollen eyelids, photosensitivity, pain and yellow discharge. 24 hours previously, she had played a party game wherein whipped cream was flung into her left eye; she immediately wiped the eye clean. On examination, her left eyelid was oedematous and conjunctiva was chemotic. A conjunctival swab grew Streptococcus pneumoniae sensitive to chloramphenicol - she recovered uneventfully with chloramphenicol eyedrops.

Previously documented novel modes of transmission for bacterial eye infections include seminal fluid [1] for gonococcal and eye cosmetics [2] for chlamydial conjunctivitis. To our knowledge this is the first reported case of bacterial conjunctivitis resulting from the increasingly popular party game where players are 'creamed' by the spring-loaded toy arm (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Bacterial conjunctivitis. View Figure 1

Learning Point

- Novelty games involving physical 'pranks' can be a source of opportunistic bacterial infections, for example conjunctivitis in this case.

- Detailed history taking can help clinicians formulate sensible differential diagnoses and provide the correct treatment.



Ethical Statement

Patient has given consent for the publication of this case report and photography.


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  2. Orillac R, Stewart B, Centifanto YM, Langford MP (1993) Viability of chlamydia trachomatis in eye cosmetics. Pediatr Infect Dis J 12: 786-787.