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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 1999 April;134(2):143-5

Copyright © 1999 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Autochthonous leprosy diagnosed only after surgical intervention for nasal obstruction

Alessi E. 1, Gianotti R. 1, Masellis P. 1, Radice F. 2

1 Università degli Studi - Milano, Istituto di Scienze Dermatologiche; 2 Istituto di Anatomia e Istologia Patologica, IRCCS Ospedale Maggiore di Milano


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The case of a female coming from southern Italy, submitted to surgery for an infiltrative lesion on her nasal septum with the unespected detection of numerous acid-fast bacilli in the excised material, is reported. The subsequent dermatological examination showed many erythematous macules and nodules on trunk and limbs allowing to diagnose a subpolar lepromatous leprosy. Only after the diagnosis was made, the patient revealed that her father and one brother had suffered from lepromatous leprosy.

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