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Intralesional D- penicillamine for treatment of acute cutaneous leishmaniasis
  • Mohammed Ahmed J E
Mohammed Ahmed J E
Al Yarmouk Teaching Hospital

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Background: Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) described as ancient disease. caused by parasite hemoflagellate Leishmania, CL is widespread and may lead to serious health problems in the Mediterranean and Middle East, including Iraq. D-penicillamine(D-PA) does not have any antibiotic activity, so intralesional D-PA injection for treatment of CL may directly related to its property to enhancement Th1 immune response. Objective: to evaluation the efficacy and safety of intralesional D-PA. Patients and method: All patients enrolled in study have two or more lesions that divided in two categories, Category A (penicillamine group): Intralesional (5%) D-PA was used as therapy. Category B (control group): No treatment was getting for patients in this group. Results: A total of 49 patients with 144 lesions of acute CL have been enrolled in study. Category A: 95 lesions were treated, 87(91.15%) lesions showed cure, of which 69(72.6%) lesions have complete response and 18(18.9%) lesions have marked response after 3 to 6 sessions. The remaining 8(8.4%) patients showed moderate response after 6 sessions. Category B: controlled 49 lesions showed no sign of healing, apart from 5(10.2%) lesions became ulcerated at end of study. Conclusion: Intralesional D- penicillamine is new, safe, affordable and effective treatment of CL.