keratomalacia


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keratomalacia

[‚ker·əd·ō·mə′lā·shə]
(medicine)
Degeneration of the cornea characterized by infiltration and keratinization of the epithelium, eventually leading to thinning and perforation of the cornea; generally occurs in vitamin A deficiency.
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Also, 1(2%) had keratomalacia, 1(2%) patient requiring grafting had Bowen's disease and in 1(2%) patient there was exposed lateral rectus.
Keratomalacia, the most severe form of VAD, is now seen occasionally among children hospitalized for SAM.