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Journal:   ARCHIVES OF IRANIAN MEDICINE   AUGUST 2013 , Volume 16 , Number 8; Page(s) 474 To 477.
 
Paper: 

QUALITY OF LIFE IN PATIENTS WITH CUTANEOUS LEISHMANIASIS

 
DOI: 

013168/AIm.008

 
Author(s):  VARES BEHROOZE, MOHSENI MINA, HESHMATKHAH AMIREH, FARJZADEH SAEIDEH, SAFIZADEH HOSSEIN*, SHAMSI MEYMANDI SIMIN, RAHNAMA ZAHRA, REGHABATPOUR LEILA, FATHI OMID
 
* AFZALIPOUR MEDICAL SCHOOL, 22ND BAHMAN BLVD., KERMAN7616914115, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

BACKGROUND: Leishmaniasis is a zoonotic infection caused by a protozoa belonging to the genus Leishmania. Its clinical manifestations range from a self-healing cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) to lethal visceral leishmaniasis. We aim to examine the quality of life of patients with CL in Kerman, Iran.
METHODS: In this cross-sectional study we evaluated 124 patients with CL. The Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) questionnaire was used for measuring quality of life. Data on demographics and characteristics of the lesions also were collected. Mann-Whitney U-test and Kruskal-Wallis were used for data analyses.
RESULTS: The mean DLQI score was 5.87±5.96. We observed the highest effect in the symptoms and feelings domains; the lowest effect was seen in the treatment domain of the DLQI. There was no significant difference in DLQI scores between men and women. Patients with ulcerated lesions had lower quality of life (P<0.05).
CONCLUSION: CL significantly affects the quality of life of patients. Further studies are suggested to examine the effect of its treatment on the quality of life in these patients.

 
Keyword(s): CUTANEOUS LEISHMANIASIS, DERMATOLOGY LIFE QUALITY INDEX, QUALITY OF LIFE
 
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