Fine-needle sampling provides appreciable diagnostic yield in lesions of post kala azar dermal leishmaniasis: Analysis of four cases from North Eastern India

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Abstract

Post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL) is a sequel of visceral leishmaniasis (VL), usually occurring 6 months to 3 years after VL. Spectrum of cutaneous lesions in PKDL can be hypopigmented macules, nodules, plaques, or erythema. It is usually diagnosed clinically, supplemented by ancillary techniques like skin smear examination, histopathology, polymerase chain reaction, and monoclonal antibody test. Literature on the role of cytology in the diagnosis of PKDL is extremely limited. Here we highlight the appreciable yield of fine-needle sampling in four cases of PKDL, which may be considered as a useful diagnostic aid. Diagn. Cytopathol. 2014;42:525–529. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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