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Revista chilena de infectología

versión impresa ISSN 0716-1018

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ODDO B, David. Infections caused by free-living amebas.: Historical commentaries, taxonomy and nomenclature, protozoology and clinicopathologic features. Rev. chil. infectol. [online]. 2006, vol.23, n.3, pp.200-214. ISSN 0716-1018.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0716-10182006000300002.

Infections caused by free-living amebae constitute one of emergent opportunistic infections with greatest medical interest. Although infrequently, they have been described in almost all world, its diagnosis depends on a high index of suspicion, especially in morpho-pathologic and laboratory studies. Exciting historical features of infections due to free-living amebae, its taxonomy and the present nomenclature are briefly reviewed. An analysis of the protozoology of the most frequent agents is done and, based on the author's own experience and the published one, already established anatomo-clinical entities are described: the primary amebic meningoencephalitis, granulomatous amebic encephalitis, Acanthamoeba keratitis, cutaneous acanthamoebiasis, disseminated infection and other rare isolated locations

Palabras clave : Free-living amebic infections; primary amebic meningoencephalitis; granulomatous amebic encephalitis; Acanthamoeba keratitis; cutaneous acanthamoebiasis; Balamuthia mandrillaris.

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