Cutaneous Leishmaniasis – A Case Series from Dresden


  • Uwe Wollina Städtisches Klinikum Dresden - Department of Dermatology and Allergology, Dresden
  • André Koch Städtisches Klinikum Dresden - Department of Dermatology and Allergology, Dresden
  • Claudio Guarneri Department of Clinical Experimental Medicine, Unit of Dermatology, at the University of Messina (Italy), C/O A.O.U. “G. Martino”, via Consolare Valeria, 1, 98125 Messina
  • Georgi Tchernev Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Dermatologic Surgery, Medical Institute of Ministry of Interior, Sofia; Onkoderma Policlinic for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Sofia
  • Torello Lotti University of Rome G. Marconi, Institute of Dermatology, Rome 00186



Leishmaniasis, Protozoa, Cutaneous infection, Traveler’s diseases, Displaced people


Leishmaniasis is world-wide one of the most common infectious disorders caused by protozoa. Due to the climate change, there is a risk of further spread of the disease to central and northern Europe. Another important issue is the high number of refugees from Syria since Syria is one of the hot spots of Old World leishmaniasis. We report on single-centre experience with leishmaniasis in the capital of Saxony, Dresden, during the years 2001 to 2017. We noted a substantial increase in the last five years. Once a very rare exotic disorder in Germany, cutaneous leishmaniasis has become a reality and physicians should be aware of it. A significant number of cases are from Syrian refugees; other cases had been acquired by tourists in the Mediterranean region!


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Wollina U, Koch A, Guarneri C, Tchernev G, Lotti T. Cutaneous Leishmaniasis – A Case Series from Dresden. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2018 Jan. 10 [cited 2021 Sep. 22];6(1):89-92. Available from:

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