Natália Aparecida de Paula

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The diagnosis of American Tegumentary Leishmaniasis is a difficult but essential task when considering the high toxicity profile of the drugs available. Since the discovery of its etiologic agent, numerous diagnostic tests have been developed. None of the tests available today can be considered as the gold standard, since they do not add enough accuracy for(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) using Kinetoplastid DNA (kDNA) from nasal swabs (NSs), saliva, and oral filter paper imprints (OFPI) in diagnosing mucocutaneous leishmaniasis (ML) and cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL). Seventeen patients with ML, 19 patients with CL, and 33 controls were evaluated. In(More)
Background.  Disseminated leishmaniasis (DL) is an emerging clinical form of American tegumentary leishmaniasis (ATL) that occurs mainly in Northeastern Brazil. This study describes 18 cases where DL has not yet been reported. Methods.  Disseminated leishmaniasis cases were extracted from ATL recorded cases between 1987 and March 2015. Disseminated(More)
The precise diagnosis of American tegumentary leishmaniasis (ATL) is an essential task due to the disease's associated morbidity. A noninvasive, extremely sensitive, and highly specific exam is critical, particularly for mucosal leishmaniasis (ML), in which a low parasite quantity is expected. We aimed to compare the diagnostic accuracy of swab and biopsy(More)
BACKGROUND Black fly and sandfly bites are related to the endemicity of pemphigus foliaceus (PF); however, an immune reaction against the salivary proteins from these flies still requires confirmation in the case of PF patients living in southeastern Brazil. PURPOSE To georeference the distribution of Simuliidae (Diptera: Simuliidae) and Phlebotominae(More)
BACKGROUND Leprosy diagnosis is mainly based on clinical evaluation, although this approach is difficult, especially for untrained physicians. We conducted a temporary campaign to detect previously unknown leprosy cases in midwestern Brazil and to compare the performance of different serological tests. METHODS A mobile clinic was stationed at the main bus(More)
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