A case of Acanthamoeba keratitis in a water polo player

Tomonori Tamura, Masakazu Yamada, Yukihiko Mashima, Seiki Kobayashi, Tsutomu Takeuchi

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Abstract

We report a case of Acanthamoeba keratitis that was related to inadequate cleaning and disinfecting of soft contact lenses (SCLs). A 26- year-old male player of water polo used frequent-replacement SCLs for about 6 weeks without washing or sterilizing them. About 1 year later, he visited Department of Ophthalmology, Keio University Hospital with complaints of ocular pain in the left eye. On slit-lamp examination, hyperemia and swelling of the limbal conjunctiva were noted and corneal subepithelial infiltrations were observed in the left eye. Corneal scrapings were cultured and Acanthamoeba was isolated. The patient was successfully treated with topical fluconazole. Although SCLs can be used by swimmers, inadequate cleansing of lenses can increase the risk of Acanthamoeba keratitis. Ophthalmologists should notify all patients wearing SCLs of the importance of adequate cleaning and disinfecting measures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)780-782
Number of pages3
JournalFolia Ophthalmologica Japonica
Volume49
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Sep

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Acanthamoeba Keratitis
Hydrophilic Contact Lens
Water
Eye Pain
Acanthamoeba
Fluconazole
Conjunctiva
Hyperemia
Ophthalmology
Lenses

Keywords

  • Acanthamoeba
  • Contact Lenses
  • Keratitis
  • Swimming Pool
  • Water Polo

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  • Ophthalmology

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Tamura, T., Yamada, M., Mashima, Y., Kobayashi, S., & Takeuchi, T. (1998). A case of Acanthamoeba keratitis in a water polo player. Folia Ophthalmologica Japonica, 49(9), 780-782.

A case of Acanthamoeba keratitis in a water polo player. / Tamura, Tomonori; Yamada, Masakazu; Mashima, Yukihiko; Kobayashi, Seiki; Takeuchi, Tsutomu.

In: Folia Ophthalmologica Japonica, Vol. 49, No. 9, 09.1998, p. 780-782.

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Tamura, T, Yamada, M, Mashima, Y, Kobayashi, S & Takeuchi, T 1998, 'A case of Acanthamoeba keratitis in a water polo player', Folia Ophthalmologica Japonica, vol. 49, no. 9, pp. 780-782.
Tamura T, Yamada M, Mashima Y, Kobayashi S, Takeuchi T. A case of Acanthamoeba keratitis in a water polo player. Folia Ophthalmologica Japonica. 1998 Sep;49(9):780-782.
Tamura, Tomonori ; Yamada, Masakazu ; Mashima, Yukihiko ; Kobayashi, Seiki ; Takeuchi, Tsutomu. / A case of Acanthamoeba keratitis in a water polo player. In: Folia Ophthalmologica Japonica. 1998 ; Vol. 49, No. 9. pp. 780-782.
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