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Doctor insights on: Tuberculoid Leprosy

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Leprosy (Definition)

A disease that results in severe skin sores, nerve damage, and gradual muscle weakness. It is more common in temperate, tropical, and subtropical climates. Leprosy ...Read more


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What is the relapse rate of borderline tuberculoid hansen disease?

Strange question: As leprosy in the human population in the United States is considered near eradication, unless you have been playing with 7 banded armadillos or visited louisiana when the last leprarium was still open in carville. ...Read more

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What is leprosy (hansen's disease)?

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 ...Read more

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What is leprosy (hansen's disease)?

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 ^ ...Read more

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Are all the organs affected by leprosy?

Not all organs: 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. ...Read more

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What are identifying characteristics of leprosy?

Leprosy: 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 will progress over time. ...Read more

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Is leprosy contagious?

Ever so slightly: A normal immune system wards off the infection (which is completely curable by the way) the germ is transmitted by a person in advanced stage of disease who sneezes or coughs. It takes many exposures probably. The incubation period is about 5 years and several more years until disease sets in. It causes numbness so unfeeling injuries occur and limbs or facial parts are scarred. ...Read more

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Is leprosy a fatal disease?

Sort of: Leprosy is a chronic slowly progressive illness and it is treatable. Left untreated, it can cause death after a number of years of being ill with the disease. ...Read more

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Does leprosy kill the victim?

Leprosy: Leprosy usually evolves very slowly. When death occurs it is often due to complications. ...Read more

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Does leprosy spread by kiss and sex?

Unlikely: Leprosy is very hard to transmit. Even close household contacts and spouses generally don't acquire leprosy. But i'm curious that you're asking about leprosy, which is so uncommon in the U.S., and when it's here, it gets treated. ...Read more

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Symptoms of leprosy are curable or not?

Early detection....: The for the treatment to be sucessfull early detection it is the key. Yes it will cure it. ...Read more

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Does leprosy affect the nervous system?

You bet it does: Likely the most frequent cause of peripheral neuropathy outside of the United States used to be leprosy, The organism prefers to afflict colder parts of the body, and often involvement of median and peroneal nerves are seen. A mixed variety of peripheral nerve problems does occur, but the infection is very sensitive to antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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Is numbness a common symptom of leprosy?

Is numbness a common symptom of leprosy?

Yes: Skin lesions are the primary external sign.[3] left untreated, leprosy can be progressive, causing permanent damage to the skin, nerves, limbs, and eyes. ...Read more

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Is leprosy contagious? Is it still common?

Leprosy: Leprosy is uncommon and only mildly contagious. Per WHO- Leprosy in endemic in 91 countries. Over 50% of Leprosy in the world is centered in India. There are areas of high prevalence within Nepal, Burma, Brazil, Tanzania, Madagascar & Mozambique. According to WHO at the end of 2012 there were 189,018 cases of Leprosy world-wide. Leprosy is often called the least contagious of the infectious ...Read more

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What is the nursing management of leprosy?

Few issues: I'm not sure what you're asking. Leprosy is usually treated with oral agents in on an outpatient basis, so nursing management isn't usually an issue. However, if you were dealing with patients who have advanced leprosy (rarely in the U.S.), the key would be teaching them to avoid injury to the limbs resulting from lack of sensation. ...Read more

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How dangerous is touching leprosy patients?

Not much: Most persons who acquire leprosy do so after long term intimate contact. Transient contact is not likely to produce transmission, but as my mentor used to say "never say never". ...Read more

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Why is leprosy also called hansen's disease?

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. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how an armadillo give you leprosy?

Leprosy & Armadillos: Armadillos occur in 10 Southeastern states in the US & may carry Leprosy, Rabies, Salmonella & tapeworm. Leprosy has reportedly been spread when people ate undercooked Armadillo meat. Anecdotes indicate some individuals wi Leprosy in the US handled or killed Armadillos. Several sites report that Armadillos may transmit Leprosy by attacking with their claws. Recommend that you don't purchase > ...Read more

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Is it true that ESR increases in all type of leprosy?

Is it true that ESR increases in all type of leprosy?

ESR: Esr is a non-specific test for systemic inflammation and can be elevated in many systemic disease states. Hansen's disease, or leprosy, has several forms--some with great amounts of inflammation and others with little or no inflammation. Esr not specific enough. If you have hansen's, you need treatment. If you are not sure, go see a dermatologist with some experience diagnosing hansen's. ...Read more