Bacteremia in leprosy

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-15
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Pakistan Association of Dermatologists
Volume17
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2007

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Leprosy
Bacteremia
Multibacillary Leprosy
Lepromatous Leprosy
Skin
Blood Buffy Coat
Borderline Leprosy
Paucibacillary Leprosy
Mycobacterium leprae
Peripheral Nerves
Bacillus
Acids

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  • Dermatology

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Bacteremia in leprosy. / Rao, Raghavendra; Mohan, Vijay; Shenoi, Shrutakirthi D.

In: Journal of Pakistan Association of Dermatologists, Vol. 17, No. 1, 01.01.2007, p. 14-15.

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