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What is Acanthamoeba keratitis?

What is Acanthamoeba keratitis?

  • 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.

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Acanthamoeba keratitis as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

Acanthamoeba keratitis: Introduction

Types of Acanthamoeba keratitis:

Broader types of Acanthamoeba keratitis:

How serious is Acanthamoeba keratitis?

Complications of Acanthamoeba keratitis: see complications of Acanthamoeba keratitis

What causes Acanthamoeba keratitis?

Causes of Acanthamoeba keratitis: see causes of Acanthamoeba keratitis

What are the symptoms of Acanthamoeba keratitis?

Symptoms of Acanthamoeba keratitis: see symptoms of Acanthamoeba keratitis

Complications of Acanthamoeba keratitis: see complications of Acanthamoeba keratitis

Can anyone else get Acanthamoeba keratitis?

More information: see contagiousness of Acanthamoeba keratitis
Inheritance: see inheritance of Acanthamoeba keratitis

Acanthamoeba keratitis: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Acanthamoeba keratitis.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Acanthamoeba keratitis.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Acanthamoeba keratitis: Infectious Disease Specialist, Ophthalmologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Acanthamoeba keratitis.
Treatments for Acanthamoeba keratitis: see treatments for Acanthamoeba keratitis
Research for Acanthamoeba keratitis: see research for Acanthamoeba keratitis

Name of Acanthamoeba keratitis

Main name of condition: Acanthamoeba keratitis

 

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