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Leprosy: Introduction

Leprosy: A chronic, progressive infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae which causes skin sores and also affects the eyes, mucous membranes and peripheral nerves. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Leprosy is available below.

Symptoms of Leprosy

Treatments for Leprosy

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Types of Leprosy

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Causes of Leprosy

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Clinical Trials for Leprosy

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Definitions of Leprosy:

Chronic granulomatous infection caused by Mycobacterium leprae; granulomatous lesions are manifested in the skin, the mucous membranes, and the peripheral nerves; two polar or principal types are lepromatous and tuberculoid. - (Source - Diseases Database)

Chronic granulomatous communicable disease occurring in tropical and subtropical regions; characterized by inflamed nodules beneath the skin and wasting of body parts; caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium leprae - (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Leprosy is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Leprosy, or a subtype of Leprosy, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Leprosy as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet


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