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WHAT ARE SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF KALA-AZAR?

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WHAT ARE SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF KALA-AZAR?

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  • Recurrent fever intermittent or remittent with often double rise
  • loss of appetite, pallor and weight loss with progressive emaciation weekness
  • Splenomegaly - spleen enlarges rapidly to massive enlargement, usually soft and nontender
  • Liver - enlargement not to the extent of spleen, soft, smooth surface, sharp edge Lymphadenopathy - not very common in India
  • Skin - dry, thin and scaly and hair may be lost. Light coloured persons show grayish discolouration of the skin of hands, feet, abdomen and face which gives the Indian name Kala-azar meaning "Black fever"
  • Anaemia - develops rapidly

Anaemia with emaciation and gross splenomegaly produces a typical appearance of the patients