Revista Habanera de Ciencias Médicas
versión On-line ISSN 1729-519X
ALI ALMANNONI, Saleh; MARTIN PUPO, Deisy; MONZOTE LOPEZ, Alexis y FONTE GALINDO, Luis. Extra intestinal manifestations of Giardia Infection: Among myth and reality. Rev haban cienc méd [online]. 2008, vol.7, n.2, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1729-519X.
The purpose of this paper is to go through the literature to review what is published in connection with the association among giardia lamblia infection and extra intestinal manifestations of the disease and the mechanisms which intervene in producing such distant lesions taking in consideration the location of the parasite. Of all the lesions associated to the parasite, rash, angioedema, salt and pepper lesions in the pigments epithelium of the retina, glositis and reactive arthritis are the most rigorously long-established. Regarding others, experimental studies must be carried out to ascertain to which point they are a myth or not. In perspective, besides all the tests that are needed to confirmed the quoted associations, it is necessary to explore the knowledge, perception and practice of doctors related to the diagnosis, prevention and control of the giardia infection. In our Health Care System is very common to find a giardia infection diagnosis in the case of a dermatological infection of unknown origin, most of the times without the findings of the parasite in neither faeces nor bile.
Palabras llave : Giardia infection; extra intestinal manifestations; dermatological lesions.