diffuse cutaneous leishmaniasis
Definition: leishmaniasis caused by several New and Old World species and strains of Leishmania (L. mexicana amazonensis, L. m. pifanoi, possibly L. m. garnhami and L. m. venezuelensis; in Ethiopia, L. aethiopica, and unidentified leishmanial agents in Namibia and Tanzania). The condition is associated with a suppressed cell-mediated immune response, so that the nonulcerating, nonnecrotizing cutaneous lesions can spread widely over the body; great numbers of parasite-filled macrophages are found in the dermal lesions. Healing does not seem to occur unless an acquired cellular hypersensitivity can develop.
See Also: cutaneous leishmaniasis
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