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Trop Doct. 1998 Apr;28(2):81-3.

Effectiveness of excision of pre-ulcerative Buruli lesions in field situations in a rural district in Ghana.

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Ministry of Health, Kumasi, Ghana.

Abstract

The effectiveness of excision of pre-ulcerative Buruli lesions in field situations was assessed in a prospective study in an endemic focus in rural Ghana. All 50 patients, clinically diagnosed as having pre-ulcerative Buruli lesions, had their lesions excised followed by primary suturing. The patients were then followed up until the wound healed and thereafter for a year or until recurrence. The median duration for complete healing after excision was 31.5 days while the 1-year recurrence rate was 16%. None of the patients had any form of deformity after healing in contrast with the usual consequences of other forms of treatment. Our findings suggest that excision of pre-ulcerative Buruli lesions is effective in preventing deformities but less so for preventing recurrence of lesion.

PMID:
9594673
DOI:
10.1177/004947559802800208
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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