Cutaneous amoebiasis refers to a form of amoebiasis that presents primarily in the skin.

It can be caused by Acanthamoeba[1][2] or Entamoeba histolytica.[3] When associated with Acanthamoeba, it is also known as "cutaneous acanthamoebiasis".[4]

It is also known as "amoebiasis cutis".[5]

Balamuthia mandrillaris can also cause cutaneous amoebiasis, but can prove fatal if the amoeba enters the bloodstream [6][7]


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