Hansen's Disease: A Neglected Tropical Infectious Condition

  • Song Ji Quan Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan City, Hubei Province
  • Malumani Malan Department of Medicine-Dermatology and Venereology Unit, Livingstone Central Hospital
  • Chiyenu O.R Kaseya Department of Medicine, Livingstone Central Hospital
Keywords: Hansen's disease, Leprosy, Neglected Tropical Infectious Condition, Mycobacterium leprae, Mycobacterium lepromatosis, MDT, Armadillo contact

Abstract

This case of Hansen's disease reminds clinicians of all ages and era that leprosy is not a disease of the past as such a systematized multidisplinary approach and timely referral to specialists should be followed when evaluating any patient with chronic dermatoses of unknown cause.
Early diagnosis of leprosy coupled with prompt treatment with Multi Drug Therapy (MDT) are the most important steps in preventing permanent debilitating deformity and disability.

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Author Biographies

Song Ji Quan, Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan City, Hubei Province

Head of Department of Dermatology and Venereology

Malumani Malan, Department of Medicine-Dermatology and Venereology Unit, Livingstone Central Hospital

(a) Department of Medicine-Dermatology and Venereology Unit, Livingstone Central Hospital, Southern Zambia

(b) Department of Dermatology and Venereology at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China

Published
2019-12-31
How to Cite
Quan, S., Malan, M., & Kaseya, C. (2019). Hansen’s Disease: A Neglected Tropical Infectious Condition. Medical Journal of Zambia, 46(3), 243 - 247. Retrieved from https://mjz.co.zm/index.php/mjz/article/view/564
Section
Case Reports