Visceral leishmaniasis: A worldwide disease

Mansoor El Mauhoub, Varun Aggarwal, M. I. Mehabreash, F. K. Dar

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Abstract

Though visceral leishmaniasis has been known to exist in Libya since the beginning of this century, only once a child with the disease has been reported in recent decades. Present report documents six children, aged 21/2 to 7 years, with the disease. Clustering of cases in Cerenaica area is indicated by the distribution of these cases. Duration of illness varied from 3 months to 11/2 years. Four patients presented with acute bacterial infection and one with a large hemangioma. All cases had hepatosplenomegaly and anemia; four had significant lymphadenopathy. Two cases registered marked improvement and three moderate improvement with sodium antimony gluconate/pentamidine isethionate. Five cases have been followed up for 6 months to 2 years and are doing well. One case showed only moderate response even after three courses of treatment. He required splenectomy for hypersplenism; post-operative splenic histology showed presence of a large number of LD bodies. he later died.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-101
Number of pages5
JournalThe Indian Journal of Pediatrics
Volume54
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Children
  • Eastern Libya
  • Visceral leishmaniasis

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