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Acanthamoeba keratitis in Ghana
  1. A K Leck1,
  2. M M Matheson2,
  3. M Hagan3,
  4. E Ackuaku3
  1. 1Department of Epidemiology and International Eye Health, Institute of Ophthalmology, UCL, London EC1V 9EL, UK
  2. 2Institute of Ophthalmology, UCL, London EC1V 9EL, UK
  3. 3Department of Ophthalmology, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana, West Africa
  1. Correspondence to: Dr A K Leck; a.leck{at}

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Suppurative keratitis due to Acanthamoeba spp is most commonly associated with poor contact lens hygiene. However, recently there have been reports of keratitis caused by Acanthamoeba spp in the tropics in non-contact lens wearers.1 We report one such case of Acanthamoeba keratitis in Ghana, west Africa.

Case report

A 25 year old male driver (from Accra) reported to a hospital in Bawku, northern Ghana. He presented with symptoms of chronic corneal ulceration (duration of symptoms 31 days) and visual acuity in his affected eye was reduced to perception of hand movements only. The patient did not recall experiencing any trauma to his eye before symptoms. The patient had already taken antibiotics before primary presentation at the …

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