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Blindness Following Visceral Leishmaniasis : A Neglected Post-Kala-Azar Complication

Blindness Following Visceral Leishmaniasis : A Neglected Post-Kala-Azar Complication

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Title: Blindness Following Visceral Leishmaniasis : A Neglected Post-Kala-Azar Complication
Author: Khalil, Eltahir Awad G; Musa, Ahmed M.; Elhassan, Ahmed M
Abstract: Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality that affects multiple organs. Post-kala-azar ocular involvement is a serious complication that can manifest as blepharo-conjuctivitis or pan-uveitis. Failure of prompt diagnosis and treatment can result in blindness. We report five cases with pan-uveitis that followed the successful treatment of VL and consequent post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis were presented. Two patients lost their sight permanently but the rest were successfully treated. A high index of suspicion and prompt treatment are of paramount importance in order to avoid blindness following post-kala-azar ocular uveitis.
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/123456789/17336
Date: 2015-11-29


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