Third World doctor carrying out a lumbar puncture

Third World doctor carrying out a lumbar puncture

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Credit: A. CRUMP, TDR, WHO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Lumbar puncture. Third World doctor carrying out a lumbar puncture on a woman. He will check the spinal fluid that drains into the sample tube he is holding for signs of the parasitic protozoan Trypanosoma sp., the cause of African sleeping sickness (trypanosomiasis). In a lumbar puncture, a hollow needle is inserted into the lower part of the spinal canal. Trypanosoma sp. are passed onto humans by infected blood-sucking tsetse flies, (Glossina sp.) when they feed. The protozoa infect the blood, lymph nodes, heart and brain causing a fever. Nervous system damage leads to lethargy and tremors. Without treatment, fatal heart or brain damage results. Photographed in Uganda.

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Keywords: detection, diagnostic, diagnostics, equipment, healthcare, lumbar punctu, lumbar puncture, medical, medicine, sleeping sickness, technique, third world, third world medicine, trypanosomiasis, uganda

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