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Immun Infekt. 1979 Apr;7(2):57-64.

[Encephalitis due to Naegleria and Acanthamoeba. Comparison of organisms and diseases (author's transl)].

[Article in German]


Naegleria and Acanthamoeba are ubiquitous, free-living amoebas. Infections with Naegleria are acquired nasally by exposure to water and are characterized by an acute fulminant hemorrhagic necrotizing meningoencephalitis leading to death. Acanthamoeba-infections occur in chronically ill, debilitated individuals. A patchy chronic or subacute granulomatous encephalitis is produced by hematogenous spread of the amoebas. The histological or clinical diagnosis is not difficult.

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