Leishmaniasis: The touch preparation as a rapid means of diagnosis

Robert S. Berger, Rafael A. Perez-Figaredo, Richard L. Spielvogel

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A 31-year-old man from Yemen presented with a 6-month history of a nonhealing ulcerated plaque on his right elbow Initial evaluation included hematoxylin-and-eosin and Giemsa stains of a skin biopsy specimen These preparations were interpreted as consistent with leishmaniasis, but no organisms were seen A second biopsy specimen was obtained for culture on special media A touch preparation demonstrated amastigotes, and cultures demonstrated leishmanial organisms at 2 weeks The touch preparation as a rapid means of diagnosing leishmaniasis is discussed in detail, and a review of leishmanial disease and treatment is presented

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1096-1105
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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