Chagas Disease


American Trypanosomiasis

Chagas' Disease

Disease, Chagas

Disease, Chagas'

South American Trypanosomiasis

Trypanosomiasis, American

Trypanosomiasis, South American

Infection with the protozoan parasite TRYPANOSOMA CRUZI, a form of TRYPANOSOMIASIS endemic in Central and South America. It is named after the Brazilian physician Carlos Chagas, who discovered the parasite. Infection by the parasite (positive serologic result only) is distinguished from the clinical manifestations that develop years later, such as destruction of PARASYMPATHETIC GANGLIA; CHAGAS CARDIOMYOPATHY; and dysfunction of the ESOPHAGUS or COLON.