Eye

Cornea

Keratomalacia



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Minor changes: 24 December 2020

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PubMed Search: Keratomalacia [title]

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Definition / general
Cite this page: Pernick N. Keratomalacia. PathologyOutlines.com website. https://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/eyecorneakeratomalacia.html. Accessed December 6th, 2021.
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
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