Visceral leishmaniasis complicating a connective tissue disease: Three case reports from Italy

Gabriella Castellino, M. Govoni, A. Lo Monaco, C. Montecucco, F. Colombo, F. Trotta

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Abstract

We report the occurrence of visceral leishmaniasis in three patients coming from the northern part of Italy treated with immunosuppressive drugs for different rheumatic conditions. This paper highlights the importance of adequate work-up in those patients presenting with serious clinical manifestations that can complicate, exacerbate or mimic a systemic connective tissue disorder. A prompt diagnosis is very important because visceral leishmaniasis has a high mortality and, if untreated, can be fatal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-203
Number of pages3
JournalLupus
Volume13
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Keywords

  • Connective tissue diseases
  • Immunosuppressive therapy
  • Leishmania donovani
  • Pancytopenia
  • Splenomegaly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology

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    Castellino, G., Govoni, M., Lo Monaco, A., Montecucco, C., Colombo, F., & Trotta, F. (2004). Visceral leishmaniasis complicating a connective tissue disease: Three case reports from Italy. Lupus, 13(3), 201-203.