Leprosy is a rare disease in which bacteria (Mycobacterium leprae) attack the skin, nerves, and mucous
membranes, such as the eyes. People with leprosy develop sores on their skin
and lose some of their nerve sensations.
Leprosy is also known as
The progression of leprosy depends on its
Tuberculoid leprosy is a mild form of the
disease. It causes mainly skin problems and a thickening of the nerves close to
Lepromatous leprosy is a more severe and widespread form
of leprosy. It can affect many parts of the body, resulting in the destruction
of bone and cartilage, development of lumps under the skin, and
Leprosy is treated with medicine, which may control how
quickly it progresses but rarely resolves symptoms completely.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
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