Three-Dimensional Optical Scanning in Post-kala-azar Dermal Leishmaniasis (PKDL)

Eduard E. Zijlstra, Niels Liberton, Ahmed M. Musa, Sjoerd Te Slaa, Jan Wolff

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Post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis may occur after successful treatment of visceral leishmaniasis and is characterized by macules, papules, or nodules in the skin, with varying size. The response to antileishmanial therapy remains difficult to assess because there are presently no reliable biomarkers. To date, skin lesions are clinically assessed for decrease in size or change in color, which is invariably subjective. Novel 3-dimensional optical scanning devices offer safe and field-adapted methods to objectively assess skin lesions for changes over time in size and color that can be quantified with great accuracy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-288
Number of pages3
JournalThe American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020

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