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Leishmaniasis :

Leishmaniasis Dr.T.V.Rao MD Dr.T.V.Rao MD 1

Sir William Leishman :

Sir William Leishman 1900 – Sir William Leishman discovered L. donovani in spleen smears of a soldier who died of fever at Dum-Dum, India. The disease was known locally as Dum-Dum fever or kala-azar. Dr.T.V.Rao MD 2

Charles Donovan :

Charles Donovan Charles Donovan also recognized these symptoms in other kala-aza r patients and published his discovery a few weeks after Leishman. After examining the parasite using Leishman's stain, these amastigotes were known as Leishman-Donovan bodies. Dr.T.V.Rao MD 3

Leishmaniasis is Neglected Disease:

Leishmaniasis is Neglected Disease Leishmaniasis is a globally important but neglected disease, affecting approximately two million people every year. For most people, infection results in a slow-to-heal skin ulcer. In others, however, the parasite targets the liver, spleen and bone marrow, leading to over 70,000 deaths annually. Dr.T.V.Rao MD 4

The Parasite:

The Parasite Phylum Order Family Genus Sarcomastigophora Kinetoplastida Trypanosomatidae Leishmania Dr.T.V.Rao MD 5

Leishmania Parasites and Diseases:

Leishmania Parasites and Diseases Disease SPECIES Cutaneous leishmaniasis Leishmania tropica* Leishmania major* Leishmania aethiopica Leishmania mexicana Mucocutaneous leishmaniasis Leishmania braziliensis Visceral leishmaniasis Leishmania donovani* Leishmania infantum* Leishmania chagasi * Endemic in Saudi Arabia Dr.T.V.Rao MD 6


Morphology Promastigote Amastigote Flagella Kinetoplast Golgi Nucleus Cytoskeleton Dr.T.V.Rao MD 7

Morphology and Life Cycle:

Morphology and Life Cycle Amastigotes measure 2-3 micrometers, with a large nucleus and Kinetoplast. Amastigotes mainly live within cells of the RE system, but have been found in nearly every tissue and fluid of the body. Dr.T.V.Rao MD 8

Life cycle:

Life cycle The organism is transmitted by the bite of several species of blood-feeding sand flies (Phlebotomus) which carries the Promastigote in the anterior gut and pharynx. It gains access to mononuclear phagocytes where it transform into Amastigote and divides until the infected cell ruptures. Dr.T.V.Rao MD 9

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Sand fly- Vector Dr.T.V.Rao MD 10

Life cycle:

Life cycle The released organisms infect other cells. The sand-fly acquires the organisms during the blood meal, the Amastigote transform into flagellate Promastigote and multiply in the gut until the anterior gut and pharynx are packed. Dogs and rodents are common reservoirs. Dr.T.V.Rao MD 11

Different stages of Haemoflagellates:

Different stages of Haemoflagellates Dr.T.V.Rao MD 12

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3- Another sandfly bites human and ingests blood infected with Leishmania 2- Sandfly bites human and injects Leishmania into skin 1- Sand-fly bites animal and ingests blood infected with Leishmania 4- Cycle continues when sandfly bites another human or animal reservoir

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What is Kala-Azar:

What is Kala-Azar Kala-azar means dark pigmentation which is characteristic of cases of visceral leishmaniasis. It is caused by Leishmania donovani bodies and may be present either in endemic, epidemic or sporadic forms. It is widely prevalent in India in epidemic form in states of Bihar, Assam and Bengal. Kala azar found in East and North Africa is a disease of young children and young adults, being more common in males as compared to females. Dr.T.V.Rao MD 15

Clinical types of cutaneous leishmaniasis:

Clinical types of cutaneous leishmaniasis Leishmania major: Zoonotic cutaneous leishmaniasis: wet lesions with severe reaction Leishmania tropica : Anthropologic cutaneous leishmaniasis: Dry lesions with minimal ulceration Oriental sore (most common) classical self-limited ulcer Dr.T.V.Rao MD 16

Cutaneous & mucous leishmaniasis::

Cutaneous & mucous leishmaniasis: Leishmania species Host Clinical features L. tropica Dogs Oriental sore(Baghdad boil) L. major Gerbils, desert rodents Rapid necrosis, wet sores L. aethiopica Hyraxes Solitary facial lesions with satellites


KALA AZAR Leishmaniasis is a disease caused by protozoan parasites of to the genus Leishmania and is transmitted by the bite of sand fly. This disease is also known as kala azar, black fever, sandfly disease, Dum-Dum fever. Human infection is caused by about 21 of 30 species that infect mammals. These include the L. donovani complex with three species (L. donovani, L. infantum, and L. chagasi

Cutaneous leishmaniasis:

Cutaneous leishmaniasis Dr.T.V.Rao MD 19

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Diffuse cutaneous leishmaniasis Leishmaniasis recidiva Dr.T.V.Rao MD 20

Uncommon types:

Uncommon types Diffuse cutaneous leishmaniasis (DCL): Caused by L. aethiopica , diffuse nodular non-ulcerating lesions. Low immunity to Leishmania antigens, numerous parasites. Leishmaniasis recidiva ( lupoid leishmaniasis): Severe immunological reaction to Leishmania antigen leading to persistent dry skin lesions, few parasites. Dr.T.V.Rao MD 21

Post Kala-azar Dermal Leishmaniasis :

Post Kala-azar Dermal Leishmaniasis Post Kala-azar Dermal Leishmaniasis (PKDL) is a condition when Leishmania donovani invades skin cells, resides and develops there and manifests as dermal leisions. Some of the kala-azar cases manifests PKDL after a few years of treatment. Recently it is believed that PKDL may appear without passing through visceral stage. Dr.T.V.Rao MD 22


Pathogenesis Infections range from asymptomatic to progressive, fully developed kala-azar. Incubation period is usually 2 – 4 months. Symptoms – Begins with low-grade fever and malaise, followed by progressive wasting, anemia, and protrusion of the abdomen from enlarged liver and spleen. Fatal after 2 – 3 years if not treated. In acute cases with chills, fevers up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, and vomiting; death may occur within 6 – 12 months. Immediate cause of death is usually an invasion of a secondary pathogen that the body is unable to combat. Dr.T.V.Rao MD 23

Cutaneous leishmaniasis:

Cutaneous leishmaniasis Diagnosis : Smear: Giemsa stain – microscopy for LD bodies (Amastigote) Biopsy: microscopy for LD bodies or culture in NNN medium for promastigotes Dr.T.V.Rao MD 24

L. donovani bodies :

L. donovani bodies L. donovani bodies may be demonstrated in buffy coat preparations of blood and bone marrow aspirate. Aspirates taken from enlarged lymph nodes show parasites in 60 percent of cases. Dr.T.V.Rao MD 25

Visceral leishmaniasis:

Visceral leishmaniasis Diagnosis Parasitological diagnosis: METHOD Bone marrow aspirate 1. microscopy Splenic aspirate 2. culture in NNN medium Lymph node Tissue biopsy Dr.T.V.Rao MD 26

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Bone marrow aspiration Bone marrow amastigotes Dr.T.V.Rao MD 27

Diagnostic Methods in Leishmaniasis:

Diagnostic Methods in Leishmaniasis Antibody detection. Specific sero diagnostic tests are also employed. Conventional methods include gel diffusion, complement fixation test, indirect haem agglutination test, indirect immuno-fluorescent antibody test (IFAT) and counter immuno electro phoresis. Most of these tests have limited sensitivities and specifies. Dr.T.V.Rao MD 28

Culturing of the Parasite:

Culturing of the Parasite Organisms can be cultured in Nicolle-NovyMacneal (NNN media) media from clinical specimens obtained from splenic or bone marrow aspirates. Dr.T.V.Rao MD 29

Immunological Diagnosis::

Immunological Diagnosis: Specific serologic tests: Direct Agglutination Test (DAT), ELISA, IFAT Skin test (leishmanin test) for survey of populations and follow-up after treatment. Non specific detection of hypergammaglobulinaem by formaldehyde (formal-gel ) test or by electrophoresis. Dr.T.V.Rao MD 30

Direct agglutination test :

Direct agglutination test Direct agglutination test (DAT) based on agglutination of the trypsenized whole promastigotes is useful in endemic regions. Its sensitivity ranges from 91-100% and specificity from 72 to 100%. Dr.T.V.Rao MD 31


ELISA ELISA is an important sero diagnostic tool for leishmaniasis. It is a highly sensitive test and its specificity depends upon the antigen used. Dr.T.V.Rao MD 32

Chromatographic strip test :

Chromatographic strip test A ready to use immuno chromatographic strip test based on rk 39 antigen has been developed as a rapid test for diagnosis of kala azar. An important limitation of this test is the presence of antibodies in healthy controls hailing from endemic regions. Dr.T.V.Rao MD 33

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Treatment: Pentavalent antimony (Pentostam) Amphotericin B Treatment of complications: Anemia Bleeding Infections etc. Dr.T.V.Rao MD 34

Management of Kala-azar Patients:

Management of Kala-azar Patients It includes both supportive and curative. All patients of Kala azar should preferably be hospitalized. Any infection complicating the disease be treated by use of proper antibiotics. Nutrition must be maintained. Cases with severe anemia may require blood transfusions. Pentavalent antimony compounds are the drug of choice. Sodium antimony gluconate (Pentostam) is the most commonly used drug. Dr.T.V.Rao MD 35

Kala-azar prevention::

Kala-azar prevention: Multipronged approach is needed. Sand-flies are extremely sensitive to insecticides & vector control through insecticide spray is very important. Mosquito nets or curtains treated with insecticides will keep out the tiny sand-flies. Dr.T.V.Rao MD 36

Kala-azar prevention::

Kala-azar prevention: In endemic areas with zoonotic transmission, infected or stray dogs should be destroyed. In areas with anthroponotic transmission, early diagnosis & treatment of human infections, to reduce the reservoir & control epidemics of VL, is extremely important. Serology is useful for screening of suspected cases in the field. No vaccine is currently available . Dr.T.V.Rao MD 37

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