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Leishmaniasis, is a disease that is also referred to as Leishmaniasis and is basically caused because of protozoan parasites of the genus Leishmania. Usually, the bite of some fly species causes this and the common symptoms here include ulcers on the skin along with regions of the nose, mouth and face. In some cases one may have fever and poor blood count too.
HOW IS LEISHMANIASIS DIAGNOSED?
Tests that may be done to diagnose the condition include:
• Biopsy of the spleen and culture
• Bone marrow biopsy and culture
• Direct agglutination assay
• Indirect immunofluorescent antibody test
• Leishmania-specific PCR test
• Liver biopsy and culture
• Lymph node biopsy and culture
• Montenegro skin test (not approved in the United States)
• Skin biopsy and culture
• Complete blood count
• Serologic testing
• Serum albumin
• Serum immunoglobulin levels
• Serum protein
HOW IS LEISHMANIASIS TREATED?
Visceral leishmaniasis are treated with medications that contain antimony such as meglumine antimoniate and sodium stibogluconate.
DID YOU KNOW?
Symptoms depend on the form of disease. There will be skin ulcers in cutaneous leishmaniasis, while in case of mucocutaneous Leishmaniasis, there will be nosebleeds and stuffy nose after the skin lesions subside. In case of the visceral Leishmaniasis, symptoms may appear after months of infestation of the parasite and may range from fatigue, weight loss, cough, fever, enlarged spleen, enlarged liver, hair fall and dry skin.