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Isolation of Acanthamoeba Genotype T4 from a Non-Contact Lens Wearer from the Philippines
Corazon C. BueranoAbigail D. TrinidadLindsay Sydney N. FajardoIrwin Y. CuaMichael O. BacligFilipinas F. Natividad
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Volume 42 (2014) Issue 4 Pages 145-147

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We report the case of a 76-year old Filipino male who presented with pain, redness, and blurring of vision of the right eye. Corneal scraping was done and sent to the St. Luke’s Research and Biotechnology Group for detection and identification of the infectious agent. Morphological detection was performed by allowing the organism from the scraping to grow in 1.5% non-nutrient agar plate with heat-killed E. coli. Trophozoites with acanthopodia and double-walled cysts characteristic of Acanthamoeba were observed within the first and second week of observations, respectively. Molecular identification of the amoebae at the genus level based on the presence of Acanthamoeba-specific amplimer S1, ASA.S1 confirmed the morphological identification. Genotyping through sequence revealed that the organism belonged to T4, which is the genotype commonly present in the eye of keratitis patients.

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