How is leishmaniasis recidivans characterized?

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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A relatively uncommon clinical variant of leishmaniasis, leishmaniasis recidivans appears as a recurrence of lesions at the site of apparently healed disease years after the original infection.

Old World spread of leishmaniasis recidivans is via L tropica in the Middle East, China, India, and the Mediterranean. New World spread of leishmaniasis recidivans is via L (Viannia) braziliensis in Central and South America.


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