What is the life cycle of Leishmania, in relation to leishmaniasis?

Updated: Feb 18, 2020
  • Author: Craig G Stark, MD, FACP, FFTM, RCPS(Glasg), FISTM; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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The parasites exist in the flagellated promastigote stage in sandflies and in artificial culture and then transform into the nonflagellated amastigote form in animal and human hosts (see the following image).

Life cycles of the medically important Kinetoplast Life cycles of the medically important Kinetoplastida illustrating the similarities and differences between the trypanosomes and Leishmania.

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