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Description:This patient presented to a clinical setting with a hypopigmented cutaneous lesion known as a plaque located just lateral to his right nipple. Its scaly borders were elevated, and a differential diagnosis ruled out tinea as its cause, but confirmed the lesion to be tuberculoid leprosy, or Hansen’s disease, which is the paucibacillary form of the disease, and is caused by the bacterium, Mycobacterium leprae.
The tuberculoid form of leprosy is characterized by one or more solitary cutaneous lesions, which exhibit hypopigmentation, and anesthesia, due to the involvement of the peripheral nerves supplying the region, whereupon, the body’s own immune system attacks these nerves.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Arthur E. Kaye
Creation Date:1970
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Links:CDC – National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID): Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy)
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