alexa Neurologic Manifestations of Leishmania spp. Infection
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Journal of Neuroinfectious Diseases
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Neurologic Manifestations of Leishmania spp. Infection

Christine Anne Petersen1,2*, and M. Heather West Greenlee3

1Immunobiology Program, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA

2Department of Veterinary Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, 1600 University Boulevard, Ames, IA 50011, USA

3Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Christine Anne Petersen
Immunobiology Program, College of Veterinary Medicine
Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA
E-mail:
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Received Date: 1 April 2011; Revised Date: 7 April 2011; Accepted Date: 9 April 2011

Abstract

When listing common clinical signs of the spectra of Leishmania-derived diseases, neurologic malfunctions are not commonly included. Despite this, there are multiple reported instances both in human and veterinary medicine where neurologic manifestations, whether central or peripheral, are described. In this review, we describe neurologic manifestations seen during infection with Leishmania spp. with some discussion of the implicit effect of inflammation on the blood brain barrier in both medical and veterinary cases. Taken together, the material discussed here suggests that in patients from Leishmania-endemic areas, when observing neurologic symptoms, causation secondary to infection with Leishmania spp. should be highly considered.

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