Leishmaniasis visceral child


I- Overview :

Parasitic protozoan of the genus Leishmania; having in common:
– Epidemiology: transmission by dipteran, sandfly;
– pathophysiology : Leishmania infect macrophages, mononuclear phagocytes) Host.
Therapeutic: the same MDCT are active.
Three types of leishmaniasis:

  • L. visceral or Kala Azur
  • L. cutaneous.
  • L. mucocutaneous


  • Affection spontaneous evolution is fatal; for which there is a specific TRT ensuring permanent cure.
  • Disease n & rsquo; is not uncommon in our country and is currently in expansion.
  • Preventive measures are possible.


1- the parasite :

  • Branch : protozoaire.
  • Class : flagellated
  • Order : kinetoplastidae.
  • Family : trypanosomatidae.
  • Genre: leishmania
  • Species : infantum

Evolves in two forms : cellular.
After staining MGG; it appears as an ovoid capsule 2 at 5 p in diameter with a core and a kinetoplast
The amastigote form : immobile, and is in the reticuloendothelial system in intra- or extracellular.
The promastigote forms : is moving, is found in the gut of the vector and in the culture medium, it is elongated 15 to 20p wide and is equipped with & rsquo; free anterior flagellum that allows it to move.

2- The vector :

Sandfly only the female bloodsucking adult evening picnic, ensuring the transmission of the disease.
The sandfly appears in summer giving a seasonal disease.

3- The reservoir :

Zoonotic form : with the dog as the main parasite tank ( Mediterranean Basin, Middle East, Brazil ).
Anthroponotic form : l & rsquo; man is the only source of infection for the vector (in; Sudan)

4- Cycle :

The sandfly is contaminated by pricking a vertebrate parasitized (dog, jackal, or man)
Once in his gut, the amastigote forms of Leishmania promastigotes change into multiplying and infecting making the sandfly.
A new blood meal ; sandfly reintroduced Leishmania in a healthy body and they will be phagocytosed by macrophages and can then parasitize the & rsquo; body.
The transmission can be done :
By contact with skin lesions d & rsquo; a noisy dog.
Blood transfusion or uncommon Transplacental


In Algeria; VL has increased over 1981.
The most affected areas are the province of T1ZI-OUZOU, Bouira, Bejaia, Medea, Chelef Constantine, Setif, Jijel, Tlemcen, Oran, BISKRA, Tamanrasset.
VL reached the young child 1 at 4 years.
Common in rural areas where life is favored sandflies.
In the world; LV s & rsquo; & rsquo EVIT to; endemic in many tropical regions and warm temperate.
L & rsquo; incidence is estimated at 500.000 foot / the.
According to the & rsquo; WHO there have been in 57.000décés 1999 and 41000 in 2000.
Given the period of & rsquo; maximum activity of sandflies, cases are observed especially in late autumn and winter, but s & rsquo; & rsquo observe the whole, year.



1- Data interrogation :

Concept of & rsquo; living in area & rsquo; endemic.
Presence of a sick dog in the entourage with abnormal aging, emaciation, Skin lesions type depilation.
socioeconomic level.
Canker inoculation : vesicular-papular lesion secondary fleeting to sandfly bite.

2- The beginning :

incubation; varies 6 weeks 6 month; may be shorter, after 10 at 14 days after the bite.
The beginning : insidious progressive, sometimes brutal, marked by fever , digestive disorders with AEG.
L & rsquo; clinical examination at this stage include a discrete SPM with abdominal distension.

3- The status stage :

The triad :

FEVER + pallor + hépato-splénomégalie

– Fever :

  • crowds say
  • the most constant sign,
  • In the long term.
  • Irregular varies from & rsquo; one moment to another, n & rsquo; is not influenced by antipyretics,
  • The double daily febrile piç and temperature > 40°
  • It yields only under specific treatment or steroids.

– Pale mucous cutaneous: reflecting intense anemia.
– the splénomégalie: voluminous painless firm moderate, mobile
– The hepatomegaly : quasiconstante, moderate, farm painless regular board

4- Other clinical signs :

Digestive disorders type of diarrhea with malabsorption leading to malnutrition. Edematous syndrome with ascites.
Jaundice with a hemorrhagic syndrome associated with thrombocytopenia.
Respiratory manifestations are frequent.
The leishmania nephritis is extremely rare, so that & rsquo; proteinuria is usually observed

B- paraclinical studies :

  • FNS : pancytopénie

– Normochromic normocytic anemia (splenic sequestration, autohémolyse, bone marrow failure).
– Leukopenia with severe neutropenia.
– thrombocytopenia.

  • dysproteinemia:

– Sedimentation rate: faster than 50mm / 1st hour
– Protein electrophoresis: hypoalbuminemia, hyper major gammaglobulinémie.

  • l’immunoélectrophorèse: increase of IgG with anode extension characteristic.
  • Hypocholesterolemia and hypertriglyceridemia

immunodiagnostic :
positive in 90% cases :
ELISA, IFI (+1/80), test & rsquo; direct agglutination
The problem with these serological tests is the ability to cross-react with d & rsquo; other pathogens and the inability to distinguish between progressive disease or old infection +++
certainty exams :
a- L & rsquo; direct examination :
The bone marrow aspiration is the & rsquo; colorful key consideration MGG Form amastigote +++
The marrow can be rich, poor or normal.
Reaction histio monocytic and erythro blastosis.
Other collection sites: rate, foie , Jeju, ganglionic.
b- Culture :
Is made on culture medium NNN( New,Mac Neal,Nicolle) in rabbit blood.
On puncture MO. incubation at 25 ° C for 21 days.
+++ promastigote form
Interest culture :
the result of a negative direct examination
Typing enzymatic stem iso.
therapeutic test: In vitro drug sensitivity.
c- PCR : Chain polymerase reaction :
Detects the & rsquo; parasite DNA by amplification chain.
Negative if lysed parasites.
d- Le test leishmania nested PCR [ LnPCR) :
Improved PCR.
Diagnostic a monitoring you tired.
e- Search & rsquo; soluble antigens in urine :
specific 100% with sensitivity 47-100% in immunocompetent
f- montenegro reaction :
(intradermal reaction leishmanin) is a test that measures the cellular response to the & rsquo; leishmanian antigen.
The test is negative along the disease. 11 becomes and remains positive after TRT reflecting the restoration of the & rsquo; cellular immunity.

C- clinical forms :

F. aigues: rapidly evolving sudden onset.
F .chroniques: d & rsquo; slow evolution for several months usually little feverish.
F .apyrétiques: are very rare.
F .ictérique: hepatitis leishmania, compression bile by a ggl, hemolysis.
F .oculaire: keratitis, iritis, retinal hemorrhage.
F. with kidney disease: hematuria + proteinuria
F .associées: Tuberculosis, malaria, typhoid fever, hemoglobinopathies


brucellosis, Malaria, Leucoses, Histiocytoses X, lymphomas


Symptomatic treatment :

Transfusion of packed red blood cell or platelet.
ATBpie if bacterial superinfection
Restoration of & rsquo; condition: correction of electrolyte disturbances and malnutrition.

specific treatment :

After improving the & rsquo; general condition and pretherapeutic : hepatic, renal, cardiac(ECG).

a- derivatives & rsquo; antimony : antimoniés pentavalents: the Glucantime:
Dosage : 20mg / kg / day in two progressive dose injections deep IM.
Presentation : 5 ml contains 425mg of & rsquo; antimony, is 85 mg & rsquo; pentavalent antimony / ml.
The total duration of 30 days or more 15 days after sterilization of the myelogram.
Side effects :
1- stibio-intolerance :
Impressive stopping treatment.
various rashes, myalgies, diarrhea and vomiting, bulbar syndrome is coughing coqluchoide, hyperthermia , tachycardia.
anaphylactic intolerance or release of toxic by massive lysis.
2- antimony intoxication :
Late, occurring at the end of TRT and even after stopping it, linked to overdose: kidney damage, myocardial ,hepatic , polyneuropathy , haematological

b- Amphotéricine B : fungizone used by IV infusion

strict monitoring of urea , creatinine , ECG
renal complications.

c- Amphotericine B liposomiale : Ambisome:

reduced renal toxicity, trt first line in Europe due to the short duration of & rsquo; hospital.


At normal temperatures in 3-15j.
Condition: rapid recovery of weight and the & rsquo; appetite.
Haematological: gradual repair & rsquo; first thrombocytopenia, and the & rsquo; anemia, and leukopenia.
La rate: sometimes slow rapid regression, its disappearance takes several weeks or months. The hepatomegaly : evolution parallel to that of the spleen.
The protidic disturbances are much slower to correct the healing criteria Giraud :
Apyrexia for over 2 month.
weight regain
Absence of parasites myelogram.
Positive reaction of Montenegro.

IX- aftermath :

fibrous spleen with hypersplenism.
Mild anemia with moderate neutropenia buffy.
Hypergammaglobulinaemia with persistent erythroblastosis.


Slaughter of stray dogs and sick.
Urbanization good conduct.
Usage d’insecticides.

XI- Conclusion :

Serious illness up, for which effective specific TRT is an HPSM febrile infants must always think of the LV prevention is possible ensuring the eradication of LV and hydatid cyst

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