Which form of leishmaniasis is more severe? Cutaneous or mucocutaneous leishmaniasis?

Mucocutaneous . There is a visceral (internal) form that is life_threatening.
Mucocutaneous. Mucocutaneous form can cause severe disfigurement around the mouth and other body openings. Cutaneous form usually heals with a local scar.

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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...

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

Tissue destruction. Mucocutaneous leishmaniasis can cause destruction of the tissue and deformities. You should have it treated and not wait to look for tissue damage. Read more...
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...

My sister says she has mucocutaneous leishmaniasis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

No. There is not a genetic component to this disease. It is a protozoan infestation spread by the bite of the sandfly. Family members are no more likely to get it than anyone else. Read more...

Is there a cure for mucocutaneous leishmaniasis?

Leishmaniasis. Antimony, Amphotericin B and cycloguanil are all used for treatment. And can be very toxic. However, since this form of the disease can take months to years incubate a patient often presents with severe disfiguration before treatment is attempted. And while one may be able to eliminate the organism with treatment, the damage it has caused is often not easily "fixed". Read more...

What's a simplest, quickest treatment for mucocutaneous leishmaniasis?

No such thing... See your doctor! cutaneous form may not even need treatment, but mucocutaneous leishmaniasis in the United States is not common and is likely the result of someone traveling from an endemic zone. Ensure the diagnosis is correct my sampling the lesions of this infection. In many cases, patients will be referred to an infectious disease specialist for treatment. Read more...

WHO states on their site that there is no diagnostic test for Mucocutaneous Leishmaniasis. How would one get diagnosed then for this disease?

There are tests. You can test for the parasite, or the parasites DNA through skin biopsy. There are some serologic tests available too. I looked on the WHO website. It does not say that there are no diagnostic tests. I think you may have misunderstood what was said. Read more...

My pediatrician says my child may have mucocutaneous leishmaniasis, but I don't understand. What does it mean?

Parasitic infection. Leishmaniasis is caused by a protozoan parasite and mucocutaneous leishmaniasis can cause destruction of affected tissues. A biopsy may be needed to establish the diagnosis. Read more...
Parasitic infection. 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...

Should I see a specialist for mucocutaneous leishmaniasis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Leishmaniasis. Better to see a specialist, as very few general doctors in the US have experience with this disease. There are exceptions though, as some doctors have had experience in the Peace Corps or the military and may be familiar with this. Read more...