Leprosy (cont.)

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What is the prognosis (outcomes) of leprosy?

The prognosis of leprosy varies with the stage of the disease when first diagnosed and treated. For example, early diagnosis and treatment limits or prevents tissue damage so the person has a good outcome. However, if the patient's disease has progressed to more advanced disease, the complications listed below can markedly affect the patient's lifestyle, and thus the condition has a fair to poor prognosis.

Where can I find more information on leprosy?

"Leprosy," Medscape.com

"Leprosy Elimination," World Health Organization

"Hansen's Disease," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Han, X., K. Sizer, E. Thompson, et al. "Comparative Sequence Analysis of Mycobacterium leprae and the New Leprosy-Causing Mycobacterium lepromatosis." J Bacteriol. 191.19 (2009): 6067-6074.

Zhang, F., W. Huang, S. Chen, et al. "Genomewide Association Study of Leprosy." N Engl J Med. 361.27 (2009): 2609-2618.

Last Editorial Review: 6/19/2012

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