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Skinmed. 2017 Feb 1;15(1):45-51. eCollection 2017.

Leprosy: Trophic Skin Ulcers.

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1
Department of Dermatology Government Medical College Calicut Kerala, Dermato-Venereology (Skin/VD Centre), Sehgal Nursing Home, Delhi, India.
2
Department of Dermatology Government Medical College Calicut Kerala, Dermato-Venereology (Skin/VD Centre), Sehgal Nursing Home, Delhi, India; drsehgal@ndf.vsnl.net.in.

Abstract

Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae. Approximately 30% of patients with leprosy develop nerve damage. Trophic, or neuropathic, ulcer is a common complication of an anesthetic foot. The term plantar, trophic, or perforating ulcer was introduced in 1959. It was defined as a chronic ulceration of the anesthetic foot, situated in well-defined areas overlying bony prominences, resistant to local and/or systemic therapy, and characterized by a marked tendency to recur. It is responsible for much of the morbidity associated with leprosy.

PMID:
28270310

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