Imported leishmaniasis in Denmark

Translated title of the contribution: Imported leishmaniasis in Denmark

Mike Zangenberg, Marie Helleberg, Christen Rune Stensvold, Henrik Vedel Nielsen


Leishmaniasis is transmitted by sandflies and involves cutaneous, mucocutaneous, or visceral disease. Sporadic, imported cases in Denmark emphasize the need for greater awareness. The incidence is stable with at least ten verified cases per year. Diagnostic methods include PCR- and antibody tests with a high positivity rate for PCR (17%) and a low positivity rate for antibody (1.4%). The latter should be used only when visceral disease is suspected. Immunosuppressed patients are at particular risk. Treatment strategies are chosen according to the severity of the condition, as argued in this review.

Translated title of the contributionImported leishmaniasis in Denmark
Original languageDanish
Article numberV09230568
JournalUgeskrift for Laeger
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2024


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