A case of visceral leishmaniasis and pulmonary tuberculosis in a post-partum woman

Giovanni Giammanco, Claudia Colomba, Massimo Cajozzo, Lucia Adamoli, Lucia Siracusa, Marcello Trizzino, Silvia Bonura

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Abstract

Visceral leishmaniasis due to Leishmania infantum is a vector-borne zoonotic disease transmitted by sand fly bites endemic in rural or periurban areas of the Mediterranean basin. Pregnancy is accompanied by changes in immune response, mainly a decrease in cellular immunity and a proportional increase in humoral immunity. These physiological events result in increased risk of infection by pathogens whose immunity is based on a T-helper 1 predominant response. We describe a case of visceral leishmaniasis and pulmonary tuberculosis diagnosed in a post-partum woman four days after delivery. The diagnosis of leishmaniasis should be considered in pregnant women with fever and haematologic abnormalities in endemic regions or if a history of exposure in endemic areas is reported.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)e5-e6
Numero di pagine2
RivistaInternational Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume33
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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