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Clin Infect Dis. 2000 Jul;31(1):199-201.

Cutaneous leishmaniasis following local trauma: a clinical pearl.

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  • 1Infectious Disease Service, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA.


Cutaneous leishmaniasis is acquired from the bite of an infected sand fly and can result in chronic skin lesions that develop within weeks to months after a bite. Local trauma has been implicated as a precipitating event in the development of skin lesions in patients who have been infected with Leishmania species. Here we report a case series and review the literature on patients who developed cutaneous leishmaniasis after local trauma, which may familiarize clinicians with this presentation.

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