Important characteristics for the differential diagnosis of Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) compared to keratitis due to other infectious agents.
|Specific characteristics of AK||When compared to|
|Pseudo-dendritiform epitheliopathy, epithelium defects without terminal knots, perineural infiltrates, [ring infiltrate]*, endothelium is not involved||Herpes simplex keratitis|
|Usually restricted to cornea, absence of anterior chamber activity, stromal infiltrates are usually multifocal (not monofocal), [ring infiltrate]*||Bacterial keratitis|
|Usually restricted to cornea, clear epithelium defects, perineural stromal infiltrates, [ring infiltrate]*||Fungal keratitis|
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