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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Kala Azar (Overview)

Kala azar = Leishmaniasis , a potentially fatal infection by a protozoan parasite called Leishmania donovani .


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With kala-azar what else should I be concerned about?

With kala-azar what else should I be concerned about?

Several things: Many with visceral leishmaniasis do not eat well and lose weight. They are quite susceptible to secondary infections and may develop pneumonia, septicemia and other severe illnesses. They may also become significantly anemic, and hemorrhages also occur. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
43 doctors shared insights

Kala Azar (Overview)

Kala azar = Leishmaniasis , a potentially fatal infection by a protozoan parasite called Leishmania donovani .


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How long after a bite until you see the first symptom of kala azar?

How long after a bite until you see the first symptom of kala azar?

Few days - 8 months: Kala azar (leishmania) is caused a parasite which is spread by the bite of an infected sandfly. There are several forms of leishmania from different parts of the globe; each has it's own set of symptoms. Travelers are most likely to encounter a chronic, non-healing skin sore. Treatment usually requires the help of an infectious disease specialist. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002362/. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of kala-azar?

What are the symptoms of kala-azar?

Many: 2weeks to 8 months after being bitten by a sandfly you may develop some or all of theses symptoms: chronic non-healing skin sore, breathing difficulty, stuffy nose/nose bleeds, swallowoing difficulties, fatigue, cough, fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, night sweats, thinning hair, weight loss etc. You will need an infectious disease specialist. Info: www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002362/. ...Read more

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What are the early signs and symptoms of kala azar?

What are the early signs and symptoms of kala azar?

Many: 2weeks to 8 months after being bitten by a sandfly you may develop some or all of theses symptoms: chronic non-healing skin sore, breathing difficulty, stuffy nose/nose bleeds, swallowoing difficulties, fatigue, cough, fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, night sweats, thinning hair, weight loss etc. You will need an infectious disease specialist. Info: www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002362/. ...Read more

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What are the tests for kala-azar?

What are the tests for kala-azar?

Biopsy or blood test: Leishmania (kala-azar) is best diagnosed by taking a careful history, including travel to areas where leishmania is found. Many tests are avaialble, choice will depend upon specific symptoms.Consult an infectious disease specialist to help.Tests include: biopsy of spleen, bone marrow, lymph node or skin. Blood test include immnunofloursent assays, PCR www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002362/. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for kala-azar?

What is the treatment for kala-azar?

Leishmaniasis...: ...Has several varieties, including chagas' disease and kala-azar. The drugs used include miltefosine, amphotericin-b, pentavalent antimonials, and other drugs. ...Read more

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What is kala azar?

Leishmaniosis: Leishmaniosis is a skin lesion transmited by an insect. If this infection affects internal organ then called kala azar. It is seen in bengaldesh, india, arab world, south europe. ...Read more

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What are the tests for kala-azar?

Biopsy or blood test: Leishmania (kala-azar) is best diagnosed by taking a careful history, including travel to areas where leishmania is found. Many tests are avaialble, choice will depend upon specific symptoms.Consult an infectious disease specialist to help.Tests include: biopsy of spleen, bone marrow, lymph node or skin. Blood test include immnunofloursent assays, PCR www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002362/. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of kala-azar?

Many: 2weeks to 8 months after being bitten by a sandfly you may develop some or all of theses symptoms: chronic non-healing skin sore, breathing difficulty, stuffy nose/nose bleeds, swallowoing difficulties, fatigue, cough, fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, night sweats, thinning hair, weight loss etc. You will need an infectious disease specialist. Info: www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002362/. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Kala azar?

Kala azar: Kala azar = Leishmaniasis , a potentially fatal infection by a protozoan parasite called Leishmania donovani . ...Read more