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Lepra Lepromatosa

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Leprosy is a progressive, chronic infectious disease caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae. This disease affects the nerves that are located outside the central nervous system (peripheral nerves), and the skin, mucous membranes, and eyes. In severe cases of leprosy, loss of sensation, disfigurement, and/or blindness may occur. There are several forms of leprosy: Tuberculoid (Minor and Major, and Benign Hansen's Disease), Lepromatous (Malignant Hansen's Disease), Dimorphous (Borderline Leprosy), and Indeterminate Leprosy. This disease is rare in the United States but prevalent in third world countries. (NORD/G. Eysenbach)

synonyms

Lepra Lepromatosa

UMLS

Disease, Hansen's, malignant form, HANSEN DISEASE, MALIGNANT FORM, Hansen's disease, malignant form, Lepromatous Leprosies, Lepromatous leprosy, Lepromatous leprosy (type L), Leprosies, Lepromatous, Leprosy, Lepromatous, Type L leprosy

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