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What is leprosy (hansen's disease)?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Leprosy: Or Hansen's Disease is an infection caused by Mycobacterium lepromatosis & Mycobacterium Leprae. One may carry these bacteria for five to 20 years before becoming symptomatic. Granulomas can form on nerves, eyes, skin & in respiratory tract. There may be loss of body parts due to inability to feel pain leading to recurrent injuries & secondary infections. If Leprosy is not treated the symptoms
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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will progress over time.
Dec 1, 2014
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Leprosy: Or Hansen's Disease is an infection caused by Mycobacterium lepromatosis & Mycobacterium Leprae. One may carry these bacteria for five to 20 years before becoming symptomatic. Granulomas can form on nerves, eyes, skin & in respiratory tract. There may be loss of body parts due to inability to feel pain leading to recurrent injuries & secondary infections. If Leprosy is not treated sx's will ^
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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over time.
Dec 1, 2014

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Why is leprosy also called hansen's disease?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Hansen's Disease: Leprosy is also called Hansen's Disease because G. H. Armauer Hansen was the scientist who discovered the Mycobacterium leprae bacterium in 1873.

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