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1.  Visceral leishmaniasis: A case report 
The Australasian Medical Journal  2012;5(2):130-134.
Although leishmaniasis is widely prevalent in the eastern states of India namely Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, diagnosing the illness is still difficult. We present a case of a 20-year-old agricultural labourer with a history of recurrent fever, progressive weakness and abdominal discomfort associated with loss of appetite for six months followed by petechial hemorrhages over body.
On examination there was hepato-splenomegaly. A diagnosis of visceral leishmaniasis (kala-azar) was made based on the bone marrow aspiration cytology and epidemiological history of the illness. Routine blood investigations showed pancytopenia and a chest X-ray was normal. The patient was treated by intravenous administration of amphotericine B, the patient responded favourably to treatment.
PMCID: PMC3413930  PMID: 22905054
Visceral leishmaniasis; kala-azar; amastigote; Leishmania donovani

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