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Chagas disease

An underrecognized diagnosis

Tzizik, Dan M., MPAS, PA-C; Borchardt, Roy A., PA-C, PhD

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: December 2018 - Volume 31 - Issue 12 - p 30–33
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000547749.92933.6a
Review Article

ABSTRACT Chagas disease is a parasite infection primarily transmitted to humans via the bite of triatomine insect vectors. Up to 8 million people are estimated to be infected with Chagas disease in the Americas. Patients who do not receive treatment can develop severe cardiac debility, gastrointestinal organ dysfunction, and may die. The changing demographics of the United States, a consequence of changing immigration patterns, means that healthcare providers are more likely to encounter patients with Chagas disease, and must understand its cause, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment.

Dan M. Tzizik practices in the ED at Portsmouth (N.H.) Regional Hospital. Roy A. Borchardt is supervisor of advanced practice providers at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center's Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Employee Health, in Houston, Tex. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Copyright © 2018 American Academy of Physician Assistants
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