A cutaneous disease which first appears as blebs or as reddish, shining, slightly prominent spots, with spreading edges. These are often followed by an eruption of dark or yellowish prominent nodules, frequently producing great deformity. In one variety of the disease, anæsthesia of the skin is a prominent symptom. In addition there may be wasting of the muscles, falling out of the hair and nails, and distortion of the hands and feet with destruction of the bones and joints. It is incurable, and is probably contagious.
Symptomatic infection with Mycobacterium leprae, it may involve the skin, peripheral nerves, anterior eye, upper respiratory tract, and other organ systems.
(lep·ro·sy) NOUN: According to the World Health Organization, leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae, an acid-fast, rod-shaped bacillus. The disease mainly affects the skin, the peripheral nerves, mucosa of the upper respiratory tract and also the eyes, apart from some other structures. Its most apparent symptom is skin lesions. People with leprosy have historically been isolated from the general population.
a contagious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae. Further info.
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
A skin infection caused by a bacteria, which can also be associated with nerve damage. The bacteria involved is called Mycobacterium leprae.
a disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae, characterized by skin lesions and necrosis. There are 2 forms of leprosy, lepromatous and tuberculoid.
A chronic granulomatous infection caused by MYCOBACTERIUM LEPRAE. lesions are manifested in the skin, the mucous membranes, and the peripheral nerves. Two polar or principal types are lepromatous and tuberculoid
See: Hansen disease.
an infectious disease damaging the skin and nerves; a common disease in medieval times
A chronic bacterial disease of the skin and nerves in the hands and feet and, in some cases, the lining of the nose. Relatively rare, it is found mainly in Brazil, India, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nepal and the United Republic of Tanzania.
A progressive infectious disease that attacks the skin, flesh and nerves; characterized by nodules, ulcers, scaly scabs, deformities and the eventual loss of sensation. Also called Hansen's disease.
Leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease, is an infectious disease caused by Hansen's bacillus (the Mycobacterium leprae bacterium). Leprosy can eventually cause a variety of skin problems, loss of feeling, and paralysis of the hands and feet.