Acanthamoeba Infection

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Acanthamoeba Infection

Acanthamoeba infections are caused by the acanthamoeba bacteria, which are found worldwide in soil and water environments. This bacteria can be spread through contact lens use, cuts, or skin wounds or by being inhaled into the lungs. Many people will encounter this bacteria and experience no harm, however there are three rare diseases that can be caused by the bacteria. Acanthamoeba keratitis is an eye infection that can cause permanent visual impairment or complete blindness. Granulomatous amebic encephalitis is a serious infection of the brain or spinal cord. Disseminated infections (or infections spread throughout the body or an organ of the body) by acanthamoeba can affect the skin, lungs, sinuses and organs.

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The terms "Acanthamoeba Infection" returned 21 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Evaluation of the effectiveness of tea tree oil in treatment of Acanthamoeba infection.
 

Author(s): Edward Hadaś, Monika Derda, Marcin Cholewiński

Journal: Parasitol. Res.. 2017 Mar;116(3):997-1001.

 

Eye diseases caused by amoebae from the genus Acanthamoeba are usually chronic and severe, and their treatment is prolonged and not very effective. The difficulties associated with therapy have led to attempts at finding alternative treatment methods. Particularly popular is searching ...

Last Updated: 26 Jan 2017

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Acanthamoeba Infection in a Drowning Child.
 

Author(s): Prastiya Indra Gunawan, Areta Idarto, Darto Saharso

Journal: Ethiop J Health Sci. 2016 May;26(3):289-92.

 

Acanthamoeba infection is a potential life-threatening complication of drowning. The management of drowning-associated Acanthamoeba infection remains controversial. Survival reports on Acanthamoeba infection have been on case reports only.

Last Updated: 30 Jun 2016

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A Rabbit Model of Acanthamoeba Keratitis That Better Reflects the Natural Human Infection.
 

Author(s): Xianmin Feng, Wenyu Zheng, Yuehua Wang, Donghai Zhao, Xiaoming Jiang, Shijie Lv

Journal: Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2015 Aug;298(8):1509-17.

 

Acanthamoeba species are ubiquitous, free-living protozoa that can invade the cornea and result in Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK), a painful progressive sight-threatening corneal disease. Disease progression in current animal models is too rapid to mimic AK in humans accurately. This ...

Last Updated: 15 Jul 2015

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Retrospective Study of Acanthamoebic Keratitis During the Past 10 Years
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Acanthamoeba Keratitis

 

Last Updated: 5 May 2016

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