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I have cancer, will there be complications with leishmaniasis infection?

I have cancer, will there be complications with leishmaniasis infection?

Not an issue in US: You are not likely to get leishmania infection in the us, with the remote possibility of getting chaga's disease through blood transfusion. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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How likely will my leishmaniasis have complications?

How likely will my leishmaniasis have complications?

High unless treated: Leishmaniasis, even cutaneous, if left untreated will progress and cause complications. There are cases when cutaneous leishmaniasis stalls in its progression due to strong immune response from the host, but i would not count on luck in this case and seek treatment immediately. Visceral leishmaniasis carries a grim prognosis unless treated. ...Read more

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My immune system is compromised by hiv, will there be complications with a leishmaniasis infection?

My immune system is compromised by hiv, will there be complications with a leishmaniasis infection?

Maybe: Leishmania comes in two forms: the skin (cutaneous) form and the internal (visceral) form which are transmitted by bites from sand flies. These parasites live inside of your cells, causing chronic non-healing sores or large spleens, fever & low blood counts. People with lowered immunity can have activation of old infection or increased susceptibility to new infection.See a specialist fo treatment. ...Read more

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How long are the stages of leishmaniasis?

How long are the stages of leishmaniasis?

Weeks to years: The first stage may last weeks to months depending on treatment. It affects skin. Recividans occurs years later in the skin and post-kazar can occur years later affecting skin and internal organs. ...Read more

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I have leishmaniasis, have I transmit the disease directly to my family members?

I have leishmaniasis, have I transmit the disease directly to my family members?

No: I wish all the questions were this easy. The organisms must pass through a life-cycle phase in the sandfly. Leishmaniasis affects about 12 million people worldwide but is fairly easy to treat. I hope you have been treated early; the medicines are not without side-effects but work well. ...Read more

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Can leishmaniasis cause premature births?

It's possible: This potentially devastating parasitic infection can cause miscarriage and stillbirth in addition to infecting and damaging many parts of the body, including liver, spleen, bone marrow, respiratory tract, skin, and mucus membranes. ...Read more

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Cutaneous leishmaniasis symptoms?

Cutaneous leishmaniasis symptoms?

Sores : Typically single (or occasionally multiple) non-tender sores or ulcers. ...Read more

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What are cutaneous leishmaniasis symptoms?

Leishmaniasis sx: Leishmaniasis = parasitic infection transmitted by bite of infected sand flies. In Mucocutaneous forms it may start with skin sores which can develop into ulcers with inflamed lymph nodes. Inadequately treated or untreated it can lead to nose & throat lesions with congestion & nose bleeds. It can eventually destroy tissue of the nose or throat. Sometimes skin & mucosal lesions are simultaneous. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for leishmaniasis?

Stigbogluconate: The treatment may vary depending on the location of the infection. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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How to know if I have visceral leishmaniasis?

Leishmaniasis: Symptoms of visceral leishmanianis may include fever with enlarged spleen &/or liver. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for leishmaniasis?

Leishmaniasis: For best information see: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/44412/1/WHO_TRS_949_eng.pdf. This has been put out by the World Health Organization and will help to determine choice of antileishmanial medications. ...Read more

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Does any one know a treatment for leishmaniasis?

Many: It can be treated with pentostam, glucantime, amphotericin b, and pentamidine. See your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Possible medical diagnosis of cutaneous leishmaniasis disease?

Possible medical diagnosis of cutaneous  leishmaniasis disease?

Where???: Where do you live? Where have you been? There must be a reason for suspecting this: what is it? ...Read more

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How likely will I get body disfiguration from cutaneous leishmaniasis?

Depends on site: Cutaneous disease usually heals with a local scar. The disfigurement depends on the location of the lesion. A lesion on the cheek will be more disfiguring than one on the calf. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Mucocutaneous leishmaniasis?

Leishmaniasis: Leishmaniasis (black fever) is a parasitic disease that is spread by sand flies.Mucocutaneous leishmaniasis can be very disfiguring & lead destruction of the mucous membranes of the mouth, throat or nose. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get results for the leishmaniasis antibody test?

How long does it take to get results for the leishmaniasis antibody test?

Not a routine test: The specimen was likely sent to a reference lab as it is not a commonly done test. It may take a couple of weeks, could be sooner. ...Read more

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Is there anything new concerning the diagnosis, treatment of Leishmaniasis?

Leishmaniasis : Diagnosis is mostly by biopsy, culture and PCR. As far as treatment there are several regimens depending on form of leishmaniasis and and other underlying conditions ...Read more

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I've got mucocutaneous leishmaniasis. What consequences should I be looking for?

I've got mucocutaneous leishmaniasis. What consequences should I be looking for?

Tissue damage: Mucosal leishmaniasis can occur with untreated or poorly treated cutaneous lesions (or simultaneously with cutaneous lesions). It can lead to nasal congestion and nose bleeds & eventually can destroy tissue of the nose and throat. ...Read more

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Dr. Bonnie Furner
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Leishmaniasis (Definition)

An infectious disease caused by a parasite that is transmitted by the sandfly found in many tropical and sub-tropical countries. There are several different forms of the infection, with the most common ...Read more


Kala Azar (Definition)

Kala azar = Leishmaniasis , a potentially fatal infection by a protozoan parasite ...Read more