Global & Disaster Medicine

Post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL): a skin condition that can develop a few months or even years after someone has successfully completed treatment for kala-azar.


“….There are different forms of leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease transmitted by the bite of a sand fly, barely visible to the human eye: visceral leishmaniasis (kala-azar), cutaneous leishmaniasis, and mucocutaneous leishmaniasis. Post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis is usually a sequel of visceral leishmaniasis that appears as macular, papular or nodular rash usually on the face, upper arms, and other parts of the body…..”

Leishmania lifecycle



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