Espundia

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Espundia

a type of American leishmaniasis caused by leishmania braziliensis that affects the mucous membranes, particularly in the nasal and oral region, resulting in grossly destructive changes; particularly common in Brazil where a significant proportion of persons infected with L. Braziliensis develop this condition; may develop metastatically from sores originally found elsewhere on the body.

Synonym: bredas disease, bubas braziliana.

Origin: sp., fr. L. Spongia, sponge