Cutaneous leishmaniasis: evaluation of 3074 cases in the Cukurova region of Turkey

Uzun S., Uslular C., Yucel A., Acar M., Ozpoyraz M., Memisoglu H.

BRITISH JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY, cilt.140, ss.347-350, 1999 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 140 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 1999
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1046/j.1365-2133.1999.02673.x
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.347-350


A total of 3074 cases of cutaneous leishmaniasis was evaluated for demography, diagnosis, clinical characteristics and treatment. A peak in the number of cases was observed in 1991 and 1992, with a total of 1550 cases. There were seasonal differences in frequency, the highest levels being recorded during the period October-December each year. The disease was more frequent in females (59%) and in the age group 10-19 years (41%). More than 80% of 4394 lesions were located on exposed body sites, and most patients (87%) had the acute form of the disease. Diagnosis was made by the smear method in 90% of cases. Treatment was by intralesional injection of antimony compounds in 76% of cases. Cryotherapy was used in most of the remaining cases, either alone or combined with intralesional injection of antimony compounds. The overall healing rate was over 90%.