ID#: 19226
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This image depicts a close view of an Indian patient’s skin. The patient presented with a case of borderline tuberculous leprosy, or dimorphous leprosy, as evidenced by the cutaneous, rash-like discoloration of the patient’s skin overlying his back, and crossing the midline. Leprosy is caused by the bacterium, Mycobacterium leprae. Borderline leprosy is the most common form of the disease, and when compared to tuberculoid, or lepromatous forms, is of intermediate severity. The skin lesions seem to be of the tuberculoid type, but are more numerous, sometimes affecting an entire limb. Peripheral nerves are affected as well, with ensuing weakness and anesthesia.
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Content Providers(s): CDC/ Dr. Andre J. Lebrun
Creation Date: 1969
Photo Credit: J. Justin Older, MD
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