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Cutaneous leishmaniasis: cryosurgery using carbon dioxide slush in a resource-poor country.

Authors
  • Al-Qubati, Yasin
  • Janniger, Edmund J
  • Schwartz, Robert A
Type
Published Article
Journal
International journal of dermatology
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2012
Volume
51
Issue
10
Pages
1217–1220
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-4632.2011.04958.x
PMID: 22994668
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Leishmaniasis is a widespread parasitic disease seen most often in children and young adults, although it may occur at any age. In Yemen, up until now, specific treatment for cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) has been challenging. Available chemotherapy is expensive and replete with significant side effects. Standard cryosurgery with liquid nitrogen is prohibitively expensive and often unavailable. The objective of this paper is to highlight the importance of cryosurgery with carbon dioxide slush in the treatment of CL in an economically underdeveloped region as a cost-effective, simple, successful, and affordable option.

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