An atypical case of disseminated cutaneous leishmaniasis due to Leishmania peruviana in the valleys of Ancash-Peru

Diego Espinoza-Morales, Aldo Lucchetti Rodríguez, Wilmer Silva-Caso, Luis Suarez-Ognio, María J. Pons, Juana del Valle Mendoza

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Abstract

We present an atypical case of disseminated cutaneous leishmaniasis in the Sihuas district, located in the Andean valleys of Ancash-Peru. A 62-year-old man with no particular medical history presented multiple lesions located on the inferior abdomen, lumbar region and the right anterior thigh. Histological analysis found leishmanial amastigotes in the lesion sample, the Montenegro reaction was positive for Leishmania spp, and the polymerase chain reaction was positive for Leishmania peruviana. In conclusion, the atypical presentation of this disease may be related to the presence of an uncommon parasite strain or host immune deficiencies. The molecular identification of the etiology for disseminated leishmaniasis, will allow a better understanding of the presentation and proper treatment, as well as associated risk factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1101-1103
Number of pages3
JournalAsian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
Volume10
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2017

Keywords

  • Leishmania peruviana
  • Leishmaniasis
  • PCR
  • Peru

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