Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Acanthamoeba Infection Treatment

Acanthamoeba infections can be very difficult to treat. Most cases of acanthamoeba infection involve the eye, which responds to antibiotic drops, and in some cases, surgery to remove infected tissue. Therapy may be continued for 6 to 12 months. Acanthamoeba infections that involve the brain, lungs, or sinuses require treatment with intravenous antibiotics; however, most of those who develop infections beyond the eye die from the infection.

Treatment for an acanthamoeba infection of the eye includes:

  • Eye surgery to remove tissue infected with Acanthamoeba
  • Antibiotic eye drops for Acanthamoeba

Treatment for an Acanthamoeba infection of the brain includes:

Acanthamoeba Infection Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat an acanthamoeba infection:

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Last Updated: Jun 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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