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Glossary for Acanthamoeba infection of the central nervous system

  • Acanthamoeba keratitis: Infection of the eye with a microscopic, free-living ameba (Acanthamoeba) that is readily found in the environment - soil, air and water. Infection most often occurs through exposure to contaminated water while wearing contact lenses e.g. swimming or showering in infected waters.
  • Conditions involving a pathogen: Medical conditions involving some type of pathogen, such as a virus or bacteria.
  • Confusion: Mental confusion and impaired thinking.
  • Detachment: Inappropriate loss of interest or involvement.
  • Headache: In medicine a headache or cephalalgia is a symptom of a number of different conditions of the head and sometimes neck. Some of the causes are benign while others are medical emergencies. It ranks among the most common pain complaints
  • Nausea: The queasy feeling of nausea and often also vomiting.
  • Nervous system conditions: Diseases affecting the nerves and the nervous system.
  • Parasitic Conditions: A condition that is characterised by another organism living off another organism
  • Stiff neck: Reduced mobility of the neck
  • Tiredness: Feeling tired either physically or mentally
  • Vomiting: Vomiting or retching symptoms.

 

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