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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 107, No. s1, 2012, pp. 28-33
Bioline Code: oc12136
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 107, No. s1, 2012, pp. 28-33

 en Leprosy, a neglected disease that causes a wide variety of clinical conditions in tropical countries
Foss, Norma Tiraboschi & Motta, Ana Carolina Fragoso

Abstract

Leprosy is an ancient disease that remains endemic and continues to be a major public health problem in some tropical countries, where it has been internationally recognized as being linked to the underdevelopment conditions. The natural course of the disease covers a wide variety of clinical conditions with systemic involvement. In this paper, we review the findings obtained in studies of the pathological mechanisms of leprosy, including a survey of the literature and of our own work. The understanding and control of the wide variety of clinical conditions should help improve patient care and thus prevent the onset of physical impairment and the stigma of the disease.

Keywords
leprosy - immunopathology - visceral manifestation - coinfection - neuropathy

 
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