AcanthamebiasisAn infection by Acanthamoeba spp, which is characterised by pustules, vasculitis, granulomatous amoebic encephalitis, and granulomas of skin. It is common in immunocompromised or immunosuppressed individuals, and may lead to death.
High-risk AIDS, alcohol abuse, diabetes, immunosuppression-transplantation-related, cancer—leukaemia, lymphoma—malnutrition
Management Chlorhexidine, propamidine, miconazole nitrate
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acanthamoeba infectionInfection, with various species of the genus Acanthamoeba . Acanthamoeba culbertsoni is a ubiquitous soil AMOEBA that may cause infection in people who have suffered facial injuries or who have DIABETES or LYMPHOMAS. Abscess-like masses occur in the skin, lungs, middle ear and even the brain. Infection of the CORNEA can also occur in contact lens wearers, usually from Acanthamoeba polyphaga . Acanthamoeba cysts are impervious to chlorine in concentrations up to 50 parts per million. They may therefore survive in domestic water supplies. Treatment is with AMPHOTERICIN-B.
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