Leprosy (Hansen's Disease)


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Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease):
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-Leprosy is a granulomatous disease affecting the Skin and the Nervous system
-It was first described in Norway by Armauer Hansen, who gave the alternate name to the condition.
-It is caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium Leprae and Mycobacterium Lepromatosis.
-It is prevalent in many tropical countries but its highest incidence is in Brazil and India. (The world map of affected countries can be seen here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lepra_2003.png)
-Ridley Jopling and WHO classifications delineate the different presentations depending on host immunity.
Further reading: http://genevadermatology.ch/hansens-disease-leprosy-table-of-contents/