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Leprosy Overview

What is leprosy?
A person with leprosy has a bacterial infection, caused by Mycobacterium leprae. Symptoms include severe skin sores, skin ulcers, and damage to the nerves in the skin. Only 100 cases are reported each year in the US. Most cases of leprosy can be cured with treatment.

What are the symptoms of leprosy?
Symptoms of leprosy may include skin lumps, skin lesions, skin ulcers, skin numbness, and areas on the skin that lose color. Additional symptoms of leprosy include muscle weakness, numbness and tingling, deformed hands and feet, and loss of vision.

How does the doctor treat leprosy?
Treatment for leprosy includes antibiotics, physical therapy, and surgery to repair damaged tissue.

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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Leprosy References
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