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Biomédica

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SERRANO-COLL, Héctor et al. A case series of pure neural leprosy in patients diagnosed in a specialized center for the control of Hansen’s disease in Colombia. Biomédica [online]. 2018, vol.38, n.2, pp.153-161. ISSN 0120-4157.  http://dx.doi.org/10.7705/biomedica.v38i0.3690.

Pure neural leprosy, defined as a peripheral neuropathy in which the patient has no skin lesions, is difficult to diagnose. Its verification by bacteriological index and histopathology is not possible in the majority of the patients.

We describe four cases of pure neural leprosy diagnosed by clinical criteria. The clinical outcome of three of the patients after specific treatment was satisfactory, while the other one developed progressive neural damage despite the therapy. All patients were treated in a specialized center for the management and control of Hansen’s disease in the municipality of Contratación, Santander, Colombia.

Keywords : Leprosy, tuberculoid/diagnosis; therapeutics; case studies; Colombia.

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