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A 26-year-old male asked:

My mom 47 years had numbness in right thumb and in between of fingers of feet, is it due to leprosy, is leprosy curable?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Statistically -: the chances that your mother has leprosy are very, very low (unless she handles or eats undercooked infected armadillos in Southeastern USA). There are about 6,500 people w Leprosy in the US. In 2009 there were 213 new US cases. Most new cases are in: California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York & Texas. Leprosy can be effectively treated with dapson, rifampicin or clofazimine >
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
(mixed). If she doesn't carry a diagnosis of leprosy already - that would not be high on the differential diagnosis list. Take care.
Oct 12, 2014

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