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Mucocutaneous leishmaniasis as presentation of HIV infection in Sardinia, insular Italy

Madeddu, Giordano and Fiori, Maria Laura and Ena, Pasquale and Riu, Francesco and Lovigu, Carla and Nunnari, Giuseppe and Bagella, Paola and Maida, Ivana Rita and Babudieri, Sergio and Mura, Maria Stella Anna (2014) Mucocutaneous leishmaniasis as presentation of HIV infection in Sardinia, insular Italy. Parasitology international, Vol. 63 (1), p. 35-36. ISSN 1383-5769. eISSN 1873-0329. Article.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.parint.2013.10.002

Abstract

Leishmaniasis is endemic in Sardinia but only cutaneous and visceral cases have been reported to date. We report a case of mucocutaneous leishmaniasis as presentation of HIV infection in a Sardinian patient who had never visited endemic areas. Serological and clinical diagnosis was cytologically and histopathologically confirmed. The patient had a good response to treatment with liposomal amphotericin combined with highly active antiretroviral therapy without recurrences after four years. Our case report highlights the need to better assess the circulation of species, risk factors and clinical spectrum of Leishmania infection in the Italian Mediterranean islands.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:9830
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mucocutaneous leishmaniasis, HIV, Italy
Subjects:Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/35 Malattie cutanee e veneree
Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/17 Malattie infettive
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Scienze Chirurgiche, Microchirurgiche e Mediche
001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Medicina Clinica e Sperimentale
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1383-5769
eISSN:1873-0329
Deposited On:27 May 2014 10:59

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