Trachoma as cause of blindness: literature review

  • Maria Beatriz Araújo Silva
  • Maria Sandra Andrade
  • Yohana Véras de Oliveira
  • Maria Gabriela Santiago Marques
  • Clarissa Mourão Pinho
  • Katiuscia Araújo de Miranda Lopes

Abstract

This is a literature review that used as database articles in websites like Bireme, SciELO, LILACS, Journals and Webartigos. Development: Trachoma is an ocular inflammatory disease, whose etiological agent is Chlamydia trachomatis, which affects the conjunctiva and cornea causing a chronic relapsing keratoconjunctivitis, in the course of time may lead to the formation of entropion, trichiasis and possible blindness. Its transmission occurs in the home environment, directly or indirectly. The occurrence of trachoma is mostly where hygiene and lifestyle habits are precarious. According to the World Health Organization, there are six million people currently infected. Conclusion: The study shows the importance of knowledge about trachoma, so that Brazil is able to achieve the global goal of eliminating the disease by 2020.

Published
Feb 21, 2017
How to Cite
ARAÚJO SILVA, Maria Beatriz et al. Trachoma as cause of blindness: literature review. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 10, feb. 2017. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imedicalsociety.org/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/2341>. Date accessed: 26 may 2017. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3823/2326.
Section
Ophtalmology

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