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January 1983

Leishmaniasis Affecting the Eyelids

Author Affiliations

From the Clinical Branch, National Eye Institute (Drs Chu, Rodrigues, and Cogan), and the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (Dr Neva), National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1983;101(1):84-91. doi:10.1001/archopht.1983.01040010086015

• Leishman-Donovan bodies were recognized in the smear of a biopsy specimen from an eyelid ulcer. The infecting organisms were identified serologically as Leishmania braziliensis panamensis. The ulcer responded to pentavalent antimony. Ultrastructurally, the organisms had double-unit membranes, beneath which lay a palisade of microtubules. At one end of the organism, there was a rudimentary flagellum; at the other, the nucleus. A kinetoplast basal complex separated the two.

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