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This image depicts a close view of an Indian patient’s left ear. The patient exhibited symptoms indicative of a case of lepromatous leprosy, caused by the bacterium, Mycobacterium leprae. Note the patient’s left ear has become swollen, or thickened, and had been infused with an inflammatory infiltrate. Though not visible here, the patient’s right ear also exhibited these symptoms as well. The newer World Health Organization (WHO) standards, categorizes lepromatous leprosy as multibacillary (MB) leprosy, and is characterized by generalized, or diffuse, involvement of the skin. Under microscopic examination, a thickening of the peripheral nerves will be evident, and MB leprosy has the potential to involve other organs including the eyes, nose, testes, and bone.
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Content Providers(s): CDC/ Arthur E. Kayne
Creation Date: 1970
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