Serodiagnosis of visceral leishmaniasis in an American Peace Corps volunteer

C. P. Chaulk, Philip Welsch Smith, H. J. Sass

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A case of visceral leishmaniasis in a young American Peace Corps volunteer is reported. Both clinical and epidemiologic evidence strongly supported the diagnosis; however, hepatic and splenic aspirates for the causative organism were negative. The diagnosis was eventually confimed through serology, employing indirect immunofluorescence and complement fixation testing of serum. The patient clinically responded dramatically to sodium stibogluconate, the drug of choice for the treatment of visceral leishmaniasis. This case is significant because it alerts the physician to an unusual cause of fever of unknown origin in residents of Western nations and demonstrates the potential usefulness of serology in diagnosing visceral leishmaniasis when the infecting organism cannot be isolated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-316
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of clinical microbiology
Volume24
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

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Peace Corps
Visceral Leishmaniasis
Serologic Tests
Volunteers
Serology
Antimony Sodium Gluconate
Fever of Unknown Origin
Indirect Fluorescent Antibody Technique
Physicians
Liver
Serum
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Therapeutics

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Serodiagnosis of visceral leishmaniasis in an American Peace Corps volunteer. / Chaulk, C. P.; Smith, Philip Welsch; Sass, H. J.

In: Journal of clinical microbiology, Vol. 24, No. 2, 01.01.1986, p. 315-316.

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Chaulk, CP, Smith, PW & Sass, HJ 1986, 'Serodiagnosis of visceral leishmaniasis in an American Peace Corps volunteer', Journal of clinical microbiology, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 315-316.
Chaulk, C. P. ; Smith, Philip Welsch ; Sass, H. J. / Serodiagnosis of visceral leishmaniasis in an American Peace Corps volunteer. In: Journal of clinical microbiology. 1986 ; Vol. 24, No. 2. pp. 315-316.
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