Topic Completed: 25 June 2019

Minor changes: 3 March 2020

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PubMed Search: Acanthamoeba[TI] pathology free full text[sb]

See Also: Eye - Acanthamoeba keratitis

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Cite this page: Pernick N. Acanthamoeba. website. Accessed August 14th, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Rare but serious complication of contact lenses due to contamination of contact lens cleaning systems
  • Organisms are ubiquitous protozoa in soil and fresh water
  • Infections wax and wane, may infiltrate cornea along corneal nerve and cause pain
Case reports
Microscopic (histologic) description
Microscopic (histologic) images

Contributed by Bobbi Pritt, M.D. and Heather Arguello

Double walled cyst and trophozoite

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