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J Liaquat Uni Med Health Sci. 2011; 10(2): 64-67

Visceral Leishmaniasis: A Cause of Pyrexia of Unknown Origin

Wing Commander Shahzad, Hussain Bux Maitlo, Tariq Zaffar Shaikh, Ashraf Khaskheli, Mashood Ahmed Khan, Rafi Ahmed Ghori.

OBJECTIVE: To determine the cause of pyrexia of unknown origin.
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study.
SETTING: The subjects for this study were enrolled at the private setup in northern areas of Gilgit and Hyderabad from January 2006 to December 2007.
METHOD AND MATERIAL: All patients presenting with pyrexia unresponsive to antibiotic and antimalarial therapies with negative serology for salmonella, malaria, tuberculosis and brucellosis underwent bone marrow aspiration. The specimens were analyzed at Armed Force Institute of Pathology (AFIP) Rawalpindi and Department of Pathology, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) Jamshoro. Patients were treated on the basis of microscopic findings and observations were recorded.
RESULT: Among total 77 subjects 72 (98.51%) were of

Key words: Pyrexia; Bone marrow; aspirate; Amastigote; Leishmaniasis

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