Bacteremia in leprosy

Rao, Raghavendra and Mohan, Vijay and Shenoi, Shrutakirthi D (2007) Bacteremia in leprosy. Journal of Pakistan Association of Dermatologists, 17. pp. 14-15.

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Background: Leprosy can infect many tissues besides peripheral nerves and skin. Mycobacterium leprae can occasionally invade blood stream. Objectives :The aim of the study was to determine the frequency of bacteremia in leprosy patients. Patients and methods: Buffy coat smears and smears from peripheral blood samples and slit-skin smears of 20 patients with Hansen's disease (6 with lepromatous, 8 with borderline lepromatous, and 3 each with borderline tuberculoid and pure neuritic leprosy) were stained with Ziehl-Neelsen method for acid-fast bacilli. Results: Out of 20 patients, slit-skin smears were positive in 10 patients (5 each with lepromatous and borderline lepromatous leprosy) while buffy coat smears and blood smears were positive in 2 and 1 patients of lepromatous leprosy, respectively. Conclusion: Bacteremia rarely occurs in leprosy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bacteremia, leprosy.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Dermatology
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2012 09:29
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2012 09:29

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