The diagnosis of leprosy
The diagnosis of leprosy relies on both passive and active case-finding.
This is achieved through observation of signs or symptoms of leprosy which includes;
· One or more pale or reddish, hypo-pigmented patch(es) on the skin with diminished or loss of sensation.
· Painless swelling or lumps in the face and/or earlobes.
· Enlarged and/or tender nerves.
· Burning sensation of the skin.
· Numbness or tingling of hands and/or feet.
· Weakness of eyelids, hands, and/or feet.
· Painless wounds or burns on the hands and/or feet.
Examination of other organs:
· Leprosy can affect a few organs other than skin and peripheral nerves.
· Depending on the duration of the disease and the spread of leprosy through the body, various other organs may show signs typical for leprosy
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