Intestinal Leishmaniasis in Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome

Department of Pathology, Research Center of Gastroenterology and Liver Disease, Shaheed Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Iranian Red Crescent medical journal 05/2011; 13(5):348-51.
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In endemic regions, visceral leishmaniasis is one of the most common opportunistic infections in HIV positive patients. Simultaneous infection with Leishmania and HIV has been reported in some countries but this is the first report of such a case in Iran. Our patient was a 27 years old man with intermittent night fever, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, vomiting, watery diarrhea and severe weight loss for 6 months. He had low socio-economic status with an imprisonment history. The patient was quite cachectic and had low grade fever. Physical exam and upper GI endoscopy revealed oropharyngeal candidiasis. Microscopic evaluation of duodenal biopsy material showed Leishmania amastigotes in macrophages of lamina propria. Leishman bodies were also observed in bone marrow aspiration specimen. Serologic tests were positive for Leishmania infantum. HIV antibody was also positive with a CD4+cell count of 80/μl. The diagnosis was acquired immunodeficiency syndrome with simultaneous visceral leishmaniasis involving intestinal mucosa.

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    • "Since serological abnormalities like hyper- or hypogammaglobulinemia is reported to be about 18-65% in the cases afflicted by MDS,12 it may mask the proper immunological response to the leishmania parasites. Level of anti-leishmania antibody in immunocompromised patients is 50 times lower than those with normal immune system.13 The inconsistent finding was the absence of Leishman-Donovan bodies in the wound smears, that is not interpretable with MDS. "
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