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Leishmania Diagnostics Laboratory
The WRAIR LDL specializes in the diagnostics of cutaneous, mucocutaneous, and visceral Leishmania from around the world in both military and Department of Defense (civilian)personnel Only. .
The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research's (WRAIR) Leishmania Diagnostic Laboratory (LDL) is the only College of American Pathologists (CAP) certified diagnostic laboratory that specializes in the full spectrum of leishmaniasis diagnostics. This capability has been available at WRAIR since the early 1970’s and Has been a (CAP) accredited laboratory since the year 2000.

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The WRAIR LDL has a broad array of assays to assist military practitioners with the diagnosis of this disease whether its clinical form is cutaneous, mucocutaneous or visceral from both the Old and the New World. The WRAIR LDL can assist the clinician in the best ways to sample lesions and suggest the best testing to maximize diagnostic yield. We have been successful in the diagnosis of suspected leishmaniasis lesions whether from the Old World like those from Iraq (Figures 1a and 1b) or from the New World like those from Central America (Figures 2a and 2b).

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Figure 1a Figure 1b Figure 2a Figure 2b

While a diagnosis of "leishmaniasis" can be made directly from a smear as seen above, the WRAIR LDL can assist you in taking that next step of speciating the organism.


Last Modified Date: 15-October-2015

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