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Leprosy (Hansen’s disease) 

Leprosy (Hansen’s disease)

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Leprosy (Hansen’s disease)
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Diana N.J. Lockwood

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.070627_update_002

July 30, 2015: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

Update:

Caution on use of thalidomide to treat Type 2 (ENL) reactions.

Updated on 28 Nov 2013. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 20 July 2017

Leprosy is a chronic granulomatous disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae, an acid-fast intracellular organism not yet cultivated in vitro. It is an important public health problem worldwide, with an estimated 4 million people disabled by the disease. Transmission of M. leprae is only partially understood, but untreated lepromatous patients discharge abundant organisms from their nasal mucosa into the environment....

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