How is a biopsy performed in the workup of mucocutaneous 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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For mucocutaneous leishmaniasis, tissue can be obtained through dental scrapings or mucosal granuloma biopsy, although parasites may be difficult to isolate. A nonspecific granulomatous reaction often is observed. Giemsa stain may show the organisms.


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