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Cite this page: Pernick N. Cornea: keratomalacia. PathologyOutlines.com website. https://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/eyecorneakeratomalacia.html. Accessed February 20th, 2020.
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