The Journal of Medical Investigation
Online ISSN : 1349-6867
Print ISSN : 1343-1420
Case report
Three cases of Acanthamoeba keratitis diagnosed and treated in the early stage
Nami UekiHiroshi EguchiYaeko OogiHiroshi ShiotaShinta YamaneHiromichi UmazumeKenji Mizui
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2009 Volume 56 Issue 3,4 Pages 166-169

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Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) is a severe infectious corneal ulcer that usually occurs in contact lens wearers. Although the number of AK cases in Japan has been increasing, many of these cases are diagnosed in the early stage and are treated adequately. This is probably because of the increased availability of various diagnostic techniques and the ever-increasing knowledge about AK among ophthalmologists. In this article, we described 3 cases of AK that were diagnosed and treated in the early stages of the disease, and we discuss why 1 of the cases had a less favorable prognosis than the other 2 cases, which had excellent prognoses, from an etiological point of view. J. Med. Invest. 56: 166-169, August, 2009

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