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Why do people with leprosy get deformed bones?

Why do people with leprosy get deformed bones?

Weak bones: Leprosy is an infection like tuberculosis and can deform bones in several ways. It can invade bone and replace marrow with granulation tissue and cysts weakening it so that norma force on it causes the bone bends over time from. It can damage the nerves and blood supply which affect bone formation. It can cause osteoporosis. Generally bone deformity is only seen in advanced cases. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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How common is it to get leprosy now? Are there many people who still have it?

How common is it to get leprosy now?  Are there many people who still have it?

Leprosy - uncommon: 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.There are about 6,500 people w Leprosy in the US. In 2009 there were 213 new US cases. Most new cases are in: ...Read more

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How do people get sick with leprosy? Are you born with it, is it air born, is it like a germ?

Leprosy: Not born with it. Not airborne. About 95% of people have natural immunity to Leprosy. It is most likely that leprosy is transmitted by lengthy close contact with nasal droplets from an infected person. Armadillos are a vector for Leprosy. ...Read more

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What are your symptoms if you get leprosy?

Depends on type.: Leprosy sx's depend on the severity of illness. Sx's may include: Thick, dry skin or growths on skin. Numbness of areas of skin that may be hypopigmented. Pain can be severe. Nose may be congested with nosebleeds. Voice can become hoarse. Incisor teeth may fall out.Light sensitivity, glaucoma & blindness. Ulcerations of legs, ankles & feet. Testicles atrophy w/ gynecomastia in males & v fertility. ...Read more

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Can you get leprosy more than once?

Re-infection: About 95% of people have natural immunity to Leprosy. Antibiotic tx is very effective. However, it stands to reason that if treatment were stopped and the person is re-infected that the disease may again progress. ...Read more

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I have a relationship with a woman who travel once a year to India for Ayurvedic treatments. Can she get leprosy and transmit It to me trough sex?

Not to worry: Leprosy is often called the least contagious of infectious diseases. One may carry these bacteria for five to 20 years before becoming symptomatic. About 95% of people have natural immunity to Leprosy. It is most likely that leprosy is transmitted by lenghty & close contact with nasal droplets from an infected person. Of interest - after 2 weeks of treatment many lepers are no longer infectious. ...Read more

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Do people still die of leprosy or is that a disease thats been eliminated from the world? If so, where is this disease still widespread? Just curious

Leprosy: 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. 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 may be > ...Read more

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What is the most common injury seen in people with leprosy?

What is the most common injury seen in people with leprosy?

Extremity injury: Uncertain but extremity injury can occur. "People with long-term leprosy may lose the use of their hands or feet due to repeated injury because they lack feeling in those areas." See: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001347.htm ...Read more

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What are the odds of getting leprosy from pillows, sheets, etc...?

Agree w Dr. Raff: First off - 95% of people are immune to Mycobacterium leprae. It is most likely that leprosy is transmitted by lengthy & close contact with nasal droplets (such as sneeze or cough) from an infected person. I have been reading about leprosy and have found no literature indicating that leprosy can be spread through bed linens. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Leprosy (Definition)

Leprosy is 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