Liver and intrahepatic bile ducts - nontumor
Infectious (nonviral) disorders
Visceral leishmaniasis

Topic Completed: 1 May 2012

Revised: 23 January 2019, last major update May 2012

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PubMed Search: Visceral leishmaniasis[TI] liver[TI]

Komal Arora, M.D.
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Cite this page: Arora K. Visceral leishmaniasis. website. Accessed March 31st, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Cases due to Leishmania infantum are endemic in Southern France, associated with HIV (Hum Pathol 2000;31:75)
  • Fever, hepatosplenomegaly, pancytopenia are common; often fatal when associated with HIV
  • Diagnosis: amastigotes (Leishmania donovani [LD] bodies) in bone marrow smears or biopsies (skin, GI, liver, duodenum)
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Rounded bodies 2 - 3 microns within macrophages and sinusoidal endothelial cells
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Small rounded bodies within macrophages

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