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Rev Soc Bras Med Trop. 2010 Jul-Aug;43(4):460-1.

[Evaluation of the degree of incapacity of patients with a diagnosis of leprosy at a dermatology service in the state of São Paulo].

[Article in Portuguese]

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Serviço de Dermatologia, Instituto Lauro de Souza Lima, Bauru, Bauru, SP. cinthiameira@yahoo.com.br

Abstract

IINTRODUCTION: Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease that can lead to physical incapacity.

METHODS:

The medical records of 167 patients diagnosed with leprosy between 2003 and 2007 were reviewed.

RESULTS:

Most of the patients (60%) presented physical incapacity at the time of diagnosis: 34% with grade I and 26% with grade II. It was observed that the degree of incapacity had a direct correlation with the duration of the disease.

CONCLUSIONS:

Leprosy is still diagnosed late, which may contribute towards maintaining this endemic disease.

PMID:
20802951
DOI:
10.1590/s0037-86822010000400025
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