4 doctors weighed in:
Can a nasal smear be tested for leprosy?
4 doctors weighed in

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Biopsy of the involved skin is a better test.
The biopsy needs to be examined by a pathologist and usually requries special stains.

In brief: Yes
Biopsy of the involved skin is a better test.
The biopsy needs to be examined by a pathologist and usually requries special stains.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
In brief: Yes
Leprosy can be detected by searching for the acid- fast bacilli from either nasal smears or skin biopsies.
Molecular probes & serological assays (phenolic glycolipid-1 or lipoarabinomannan) are also used.

In brief: Yes
Leprosy can be detected by searching for the acid- fast bacilli from either nasal smears or skin biopsies.
Molecular probes & serological assays (phenolic glycolipid-1 or lipoarabinomannan) are also used.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Thank
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