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Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2012 Jun;26(2):275-91. doi: 10.1016/j.idc.2012.03.002.

American trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease).

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Division of Cardiology, Anis Rassi Hospital, Avenida José Alves 453, Setor Oeste, Goiânia, GO 74110-020, Brazil. arassijr@terra.com.br

Abstract

Chagas disease, also known as American trypanosomiasis, is a chronic infection caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, a protozoan parasite. It is transmitted to human beings mainly through the feces of infected triatomine bugs. The disease affects an estimated 8 to 10 million people in the Americas, putting them at risk of developing life-threatening cardiac and gastrointestinal complications. This article provides a brief update on the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of Chagas disease.

PMID:
22632639
DOI:
10.1016/j.idc.2012.03.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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