Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, August 9th, 1999
In Brazil, the most common etiological agent of American tegumentary leishmaniasis is Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis. In general, diagnostic techniques involve the visualization of the parasite, but that technique has a low sensitivity.
Claude Pirmez of Brazil's Oswaldo Cruz Institute and colleagues evaluated the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) as a routine tool for the diagnosis of leishmaniasis ("Use of PCR in Diagnosis of Human American Tegumentary Leishmaniasis in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil," Journal of Clinical Microbiology, June...
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