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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Leprosy: Leprosy is often called the least contagious of the 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 nasal droplets. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Leprosy: Schwann cells are reportedly effected.Get a more detailed answer ›
Debated.: This is an important question that I would defer to those who study mycobacterial diseases (mycobacteriologists). I will say that the question of if leprosy is contagious, and how much, in this stage is debated. See http://www.bmj.com/content/3/5880/557. There is no consensus at this point, but there is some evidence that suggests that at least some spread occurs from subclinical cases. TTYD. ...Read more
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