The role of Staphylococcal enterotoxin in atopic keratoconjunctivitis and corneal ulceration

Allergy, 05/14/2012

In patients with atopic keratoconjunctivitis (AKC), S. aureus and secreted enterotoxins (SE) were detected more frequently compared with other patients and healthy volunteers, especially in association with corneal ulceration suggesting a role of SE. So far, it is unknown whether SE leads to tissue damage of the cornea by initiating an immune response or has direct toxic effects.

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