The Comparison of Kinetoplastid DNA PCR and Parasitological Methods in the Diagnosis of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis Using Clinical Samples of Suspected Patients in Turkey

Background: Visceral (VL) and cutaneous (CL) leishmaniasis are seen in Turkey endemically and CL caused by Leishmania tropica is an important public health problem in southeastern as well as other regions of Turkey. The diagnosis has been usually made by clinical view of lesion and/or parasitological using lesion aspiration smears. Histological examination does not, however, always reveal the parasite in the skin biopsy, particularly in chronic lesions. Besides this, due to CL infections caused by different species in endemic areas, diagnostic methods enabling species identification are in great need.
Source: International Journal of Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: UMP. 614 Source Type: research