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It is useful to investigate the source of Mycobacterium leprae infection. It is very important in those countries where leprosy is only an “imported” disease. Anamnesis must clarify the onset of skin clinical aspect, which could be insidious or acute. Aspecific signs can be interpreted only after the appearance of specific signs of the disease. Itching should not be considered as a subjective symptom of leprosy, since dermal nerve bundles are destroyed by the disease. However, occasional localized itching may precede cutaneous onset of type 1 reaction.


Subjective Symptom Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome Prodromal Symptom Leprosy Patient Conditio Sine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologyUniversidad Tecnica Particular de LojaLojaEcuador
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyMedical University of GrazGrazAustria
  3. 3.Consultant for: Centre for Research in Leprosy and Tropical Dermatology (CIRLEP)University of GenoaGenoaItaly

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