acanthamoeba keratitis

Aleksandra anubhavi at usa.net
Wed Sep 22 17:19:31 EST 1999


Hi!
For the last two years friend of mine has Acanthamoeba 'living' in her
eye.
It has been diagnosed just few months ago.

Diagnosis is:
  Keratouveitis subac.o.sin.
  Acanthamoeba keratitis o.sin Macula corneae o.s.

and it is treated with
       Brolene drops (propamidine isethionate 0,1%)
       Brolene ointment (dibromopropamidine BP 0-15%).
       Atropin drops
...but...
the eye hurts very much, she constantly has to use painkiller for last 6
months (Voltaren).
She cannot see through this eye except through one small part on the
side (through which she can notice the difference between light and
dark).
In our country (Croatia, Europe) it is the first case of this kind of
amoeba - it has been diagnosed in neighboring Slovenia. So, nobody
exactly knows what to do next. We have got some advises that it would be
best to make keratoplastic / transplantation of cornea in order to stop
the pain and to improve the eyesight, but so far we didn't find any
surgeon in Croatia willing to do it.
If you have some advice / your own experience / you know where it can be
treated or who knows more about it, please inform me.
Thank you very much!
A.




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