Twenty years of acanthamoeba keratitis

F. R S Carvalho, A. S. Foronda, Mark J Mannis, A. L. Höfling-Lima, R. Belfort, Denise De Freitas

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PURPOSE: We described the rate of Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) in a referral eye center in São Paulo, Brazil, through a retrospective review of clinical and laboratorial records of patients over 2 decades. METHODS: From 1987 to 2006, a total of 581 requests for amoebic laboratory workup in cases of infectious keratitis were investigated. Statistical analyses were applied to analyze a tendency of AK cases. RESULTS: Acanthamoeba species were cultured from corneal scrapings of 185 patients, 5 of them with bilateral infection. Eighty-three percent of those patients were related with contact lens wear. CONCLUSIONS: The results suggested that patients with AK have persisted and increased over time at our ophthalmology center. Contact lenses showed to be a potential risk factor. Amoebic corneal infection can be considered as a new but well-established disease in Brazilian ophthalmology and visual sciences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)516-519
Number of pages4
JournalCornea
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2009

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Keywords

  • Acanthamoeba
  • Case series
  • Keratitis

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  • Ophthalmology

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Carvalho, F. R. S., Foronda, A. S., Mannis, M. J., Höfling-Lima, A. L., Belfort, R., & Freitas, D. D. (2009). Twenty years of acanthamoeba keratitis. Cornea, 28(5), 516-519. https://doi.org/10.1097/ICO.0b013e318193e0fe

Twenty years of acanthamoeba keratitis. / Carvalho, F. R S; Foronda, A. S.; Mannis, Mark J; Höfling-Lima, A. L.; Belfort, R.; Freitas, Denise De.

In: Cornea, Vol. 28, No. 5, 06.2009, p. 516-519.

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Carvalho, FRS, Foronda, AS, Mannis, MJ, Höfling-Lima, AL, Belfort, R & Freitas, DD 2009, 'Twenty years of acanthamoeba keratitis', Cornea, vol. 28, no. 5, pp. 516-519. https://doi.org/10.1097/ICO.0b013e318193e0fe
Carvalho FRS, Foronda AS, Mannis MJ, Höfling-Lima AL, Belfort R, Freitas DD. Twenty years of acanthamoeba keratitis. Cornea. 2009 Jun;28(5):516-519. https://doi.org/10.1097/ICO.0b013e318193e0fe
Carvalho, F. R S ; Foronda, A. S. ; Mannis, Mark J ; Höfling-Lima, A. L. ; Belfort, R. ; Freitas, Denise De. / Twenty years of acanthamoeba keratitis. In: Cornea. 2009 ; Vol. 28, No. 5. pp. 516-519.
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