Hemophagocytic syndrome associated with Leishmania donovani infection

A. J. Betbese, R. Ayats, M. Perez, G. Rialp, J. B.Y.J. Mancebo

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We report the case of a male patient with visceral leishmaniasis associated with hemophagocytic syndrome and marked pancytopenia. Blood cultures for Leishmania were negative after treatment with antimonials, corticoids and immunoglobulins, but the hemophagocytic syndrome persisted. A splenectomy was peformed due to splenic rupture. In the postoperative period, the patient had E. coli sepsis, with negative blood cultures for Leishmania, dying of fulminant septic shock.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-434
JournalMedicina Intensiva
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1995


  • Hemophagocytic syndrome
  • Kala-azar
  • Leishmania donovani
  • Sepsis
  • Septic shock
  • Splenectomy


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