Eye
Cornea
Keratomalacia

Author: Nat Pernick, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 3 May 2018, last major update October 2013

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PubMed Search: Keratomalacia [title]

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Definition / general
Cite this page: Pernick, N. Cornea: keratomalacia . PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/eyecorneakeratomalacia.html. Accessed December 9th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Severe form of Vitamin A deficiency with diffuse, severe keratinization of mucous membrane epithelia, including corneal and conjunctiva epithelia (xerophthalmia)
  • Leading cause of blindness in developing world
  • Associated with secondary bacterial infection, corneal ulceration / necrosis, which causes corneal perforation and panophthalmitis