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Is the Montenegro Skin Test for Leishmaniasis safe?

Is the Montenegro Skin Test for Leishmaniasis safe?

Yes: This skin test uses parts of the killed protozoan parasite. However it is only useful in cases of cutaneous leishmaniasis. If you have suspicion of visceral leishmaniasis(systemic) the test is useless and cannot detect internal disease. Serologic testing using Elisa or IFA can be useful. CDC Lab: http://1.usa.gov/1CSXNdC Walter Reed Leishmania Lab: http://bit.ly/1zdBrT7 ...Read more

Dr. Bonnie Furner
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Leishmaniasis (Definition)

Leishmaniasis is 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


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What is leishmaniasis?

What is leishmaniasis?

An infection: Leishmaniasis is an infectious disease that is caused by a tiny little one celled creature that lives in insects in tropical climates. One form is found in iraq and syria, and causes a skin sore. Another form can cause intestinal disease and even death, and is found in south america. Both forms are transmitted by an insect bite, and can be treated well, if diagnosed early. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get leishmaniasis?

Infectious Disease: A tough question to answer in short but i'll try. In the US leishmaniasis is not often seen. It is a caused by a protozoa transmitted by the female sandfly. In certain areas of the world it can be common. Insect control practices can greatly reduce the chances of a person being bitten (and getting the disease). There are many forms of the disease and it can be very difficult to treat. ...Read more

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What are the tests for leishmaniasis?

Parasites/ DNA: Leishmaniasis can be diagnosed when parasites or their dna are seen in a light microscope. For cutaneous leishmaniasis – tissue from a skin lesion is evaluated. For visceral leishmaniasis – bone marrow is examined. Serological testing can assist with diagnosis for visceral leishmaniasis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of leishmaniasis?

Skin & Viscera: Some people with leishmaniasis have silent infections. Cutaneous leishmaniasis may start with skin sores like bumps which eventually can develop into ulcers. People with visceral leishmaniasis may have fever, enlarged abdomen (due to swelling of spleen & liver) & weight loss. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of leishmaniasis?

Variable forms: Some people with leishmaniasis have silent infections. Cutaneous leishmaniasis may start with skin sores like bumps which eventually can develop into ulcers. Lymph nodes may become very inflammed. People with visceral leishmaniasis may have fever, enlarged abdomen (due to swelling of spleen & liver) & weight loss. ...Read more

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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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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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Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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Kala Azar (Definition)

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