|KALA-AZAR OR VISCERAL LEISHMANIASIS
|What are Signs & Symptoms of Kala-Azar?
Anaemia with emaciation and gross splenomegaly produces a typical appearance of the patients
- Recurrent fever intermittent or remittent with often double rise
- loss of appetite, pallor and weight loss with progressive emaciation
- 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