Vermamoeba vermiformis as etiological agent of a painful ulcer close to the eye
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In the present article, we report on the identification of Vermamoeba (Hartmannella) vermiformis as the etiological agent of a tissue infection close to the eye of a female patient. Laboratory examination revealed no involvement of any pathogenic bacteria or fungi in the tissue infection. V. vermiformis was identified by cultivation and morphology of trophozoites and cysts as well as phylogenetic analysis of nuclear 18S rDNA. The lesion improved in the course of 4 weeks by application of zinc paste.
KeywordsFree-living amoebae Vermamoeba vermiformis Hartmannella vermiformis Tissue infection
The author would like to thank Dr. David Lam (MD, MPH, Shaman Medical Consulting) for review and English language editing of the article and S. Njul for the technical assistance.
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