So, briefly, here is the low down on my Leishmaniasis. Will explain in further detail when I have time.Timeline:

Contracted in August 2006 in Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador from a sand fly bite

Diagnosed in January 2007 as Leishmania panamensis after two biopsies were sent to the CDC

Started treatment using Pentostam from the CDC via a PIC line on March 20 and received intravenous fluids for 20 consecutive days.

The following are few pictures for grins.

Leishmaniasis wound in December 2006


Me with PIC line IV on my last day of treatment for leishmaniasis

7 Responses to “Leishmaniasis”

  1. on 04 May 2007 at 3:44 pm Cathy Shannon

    Does this make you a leishmaniac?
    Seriously, I’m just very glad you’re OK.
    with love,
    “Aunt” Cathy

  2. on 04 May 2007 at 6:07 pm Jay

    Nice pictures. Hope the intravenous heavy metals got rid of the “living rocks” on your arm.

  3. on 10 May 2007 at 10:20 am William

    Dang man, why are those boogers on yer arm?

  4. on 06 Mar 2008 at 10:54 am erik

    when i saw you this was almost healed!!

  5. on 20 Jul 2008 at 10:23 pm Stacey Devenney


    Where did you get your leishmaniasis? How long did it take for the lesions to heal? My son is awaiting results from the CDC – his lesions look just like yours.

    Stacey D.

  6. on 03 Aug 2008 at 9:28 am Krista

    Hey there that looks pretty itchy! I just got back from Boracay in the Philippines, absolutely paradise, but I have been bitten so many times by sand fleas and I have some sores, that I’m not sure are from scratching or the bites, and now that I just got home am afraid that it could be Leishmaniasis. I would love if you could reply about why it took so long for you to be diagnosed and what they felt like.


  7. on 30 Jan 2010 at 1:25 pm Ana Lahmann

    Hi Adam

    I have some lesions in my arms, and the leishmania test was positive. I´m anthropologist, and in the course of my field research in indigenous community in Lower Talamanca, Costa Rica, I have been bitten by sand flies.



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