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Pathogenesis of acanthamoebic keratitis: hypothesis based on a histological analysis of 30 cases.
  1. A Garner
  1. Department of Pathology, University of London.


    The results of a histopathological study of 30 cases of Acanthamoeba keratitis are construed as indicating a four stage pathogenetic sequence: (1) initial infection, involving breaching of the surface epithelium; (2) keratocyte depletion by the invading trophozoites; (3) inflammatory response mediated by neutrophil polymorphonuclear leucocytes; (4) stromal necrosis attributable to leucocytic activity.

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