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Leishmaniasis: Introduction

Leishmaniasis: Leishmaniasis (LEASH-ma-NIGH-a-sis) ... more about Leishmaniasis.

Leishmaniasis: A rare infectious disease caused by any of a number of parasitic Leishmania species. Infection can cause any of three different manifestations: cutaneous leishmaniasis, mucosal leishmaniasis and visceral leishmaniasis. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Leishmaniasis is available below.

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Treatments for Leishmaniasis

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Leishmaniasis: Deaths

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Types of Leishmaniasis

Leishmaniasis: Complications

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  • Mucosal leishmaniasis - spread from the skin to the mucous membranes
  • Facial disfigurement
  • Secondary infection (type of Opportunistic infections)
  • Mucosal perforation
  • Secondary pus-producing infections
  • Secondary gram-negative enteric infections
  • Secondary mycobacterial infections
  • more complications...»

Causes of Leishmaniasis

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Disease Topics Related To Leishmaniasis

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Leishmaniasis: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Article Excerpts about Leishmaniasis

Leishmaniasis (LEASH-ma-NIGH-a-sis) is a parasitic disease spread by the bite of infected sand flies. There are several different forms of leishmaniasis. The most common forms are cutaneous (cue-TAY-knee-us) leishmaniasis, which causes skin sores, and visceral (VIS-er-al) leishmaniasis, which affects some of the internal organs of the body (for example, spleen, liver, bone marrow). (Source: excerpt from Leishmania Infection: DPD)

Definitions of Leishmaniasis:

A chronic disease caused by LEISHMANIA DONOVANI and transmitted by the bite of several sandflies of the genera Phlebotomus and Lutzomyia. It is commonly characterized by fever, chills, vomiting, anemia, hepatosplenomegaly, leukopenia, hypergammaglobulinemia, emaciation, and an earth-gray color of the skin. The disease is classified into three main types according to geographic distribution: Indian, Mediterranean (or infantile), and African. - (Source - Diseases Database)

Sores resulting from a tropical infection by protozoa of the genus Leishmania which are spread by sandflies - (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Leishmaniasis is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Leishmaniasis, or a subtype of Leishmaniasis, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Leishmaniasis as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

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More information about Leishmaniasis

  1. Leishmaniasis: Introduction
  2. Symptoms
  3. Causes
  4. Treatments
  5. Misdiagnosis
  6. Home Testing
  7. Types
  8. Deaths
  9. Complications

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