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November 2014

Leishmaniasis: A Disease With Many Names

Author Affiliations
  • 1Dipartimento di Fisiopatologia medico-chirurgica e dei trapianti, Università degli Studi di Milano, Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy
JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(11):1204. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2014.1015

Leishmaniasis is known by a myriad of popular names: Aleppo boil, Aleppo button, and Aleppo evil; Baghdad boil; Biskra button and Biskra nodule; Calcutta ulcer; chiclero ulcer; Delhi boil; Jericho button; Kandahar sore; Lahore sore; Oriental button and Oriental sore; Pian bois; Uta for cutaneous leishmania; black fever; dum-dum fever; and Kala-azar for visceral leishmania.1

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