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Chagas disease is caused by infestation with the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, and some patients who are serologically positive develop chronic megaesophagus, whereas others are symptom-free. Gastrointestinal form of Chagas disease involves an inflammatory invasion of the enteric plexuses and degeneration of enteric neurons and previous works related that(More)
Tryptase and chymase are mast cell (MC)-specific proteases, which influence in the activation of inflammatory cells. In this study, we quantified tryptase- or chymase-expressing MCs in the oesophaguses of Chagas patients, and searched for a correlation between those data with area of nerve fibres that expressed either PGP9.5 (pan-marker) or vasoactive(More)
Megaesophagus is one of the major causes of morbidity in chronic Chagas disease, and extensive denervation, associated with an inflammatory process, is recognized as the key factor for alterations in motility and disease development. Here, we analyzed esophagus samples from necropsied, infected individuals--6 cases with megaesophagus and 6 cases without(More)
Megacolon is frequently observed in patients who develop the digestive form of Chagas disease. It is characterized by dilation of the rectum–sigmoid portion and thickening of the colon wall. Microscopically, the affected organ presents denervation, which has been considered as consequence of an inflammatory process that begins at the acute phase and(More)
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