Volume 75, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Renal function was studied in visceral leishmaniasis (VL) and post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL) by means of the specific marker cystatin C and related to circulating immune complexes and cytokine production. Forty patients with VL (23 with sub-acute disease and 17 with acute disease), 17 patients with PKDL, and 22 healthy controls were included. Cystatin C, but not creatinine, was significantly raised in VL ( = 0.004). The highest levels of cystatin C were found in those with acute disease ( < 0.0001). In VL, cystatin C levels were positively correlated to circulating immune complexes and production of granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF), but negatively correlated to aspartate aminotransferase and lactate dehydrogenase. We conclude that cystatin C is a superior marker of glomerular function in leishmaniasis and that immune complex deposition and GM-CSF are two functions that most likely are causally involved in the mechanisms leading to glomerular dysfunction in leishmaniasis.


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  • Received : 01 Nov 2005
  • Accepted : 11 Jul 2006

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