|Description:||The face of this male patient exhibited some of the complications associated with a case of lepromatous leprosy, which under the newer World Health Organization (WHO) standards, is classified as multibacillary (MB), leprosy. Of note was the depressed nasal bridge known as saddle-nose deformity, due to the disintegration of the nasal cartilage in this area. You’ll also note the lack of eyebrows. This illness is caused by the bacterium, Mycobacterium leprae.|
MB leprosy is characterized by generalized, or diffuse, involvement of the skin, under microscopic examination, a thickening of the peripheral nerves, and has the potential to involve other organs including the eyes, nose, testes, and bone.