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Is splenectomy an option for multiple relapses in a child with visceral leishmaniasis? A case report

Authors
  • Campos, Marcos Adriano Garcia
  • Moraes Filho, Andrey Salgado
  • Rêgo, Gustavo Ribeiro Féres Moraes
  • Silva, Raphael Oliveira Lima
  • Sousa, Rebeca Aranha Barbosa
  • Tchuisseu, Yolande Pokam
  • Silva, Gyl Eanes Barros
  • Gama, Mônica Elinor Alves
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2021
Source
Scientific Electronic Library Online - Brazil
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Language
English
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Green
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Abstract

Abstract Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is an infectious disease caused by Leishmania spp. The recurrence of the disease occurs, in general, in patients with decreased or loss of T-cell function, whether due to the use of corticosteroids, immunosuppressive disease, or another cause. In some cases, splenectomy may be a therapeutic option. However, the effectiveness of splenectomy is not well defined. This report describes the evolution of a pediatric patient with seven recurrences of VL, who relapsed post-surgery after drug therapy and splenectomy.

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