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Hansen's disease (leprosy) complicated by secondary mycobacterial infection.
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PMID:  20494478     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
A patient with Hansen's disease received corticosteroids for a type 1 leprosy reaction and subsequently developed a new cutaneous lesion at the original biopsy site from which Mycobacterium fortuitum was cultured. A review of the literature found only two other cases of coinfection with atypical mycobacteria and Mycobacterium leprae, although there are many reports of pulmonary tuberculosis in patients with leprosy. This case highlights the diagnostic difficulties encountered when a patient has two different mycobacterial infections of the skin. The published experience emphasizes that such coinfection is remarkably uncommon in leprosy, despite the frequent use of high doses of corticosteroids for leprosy reactions.
David M Scollard; Barbara M Stryjewska; John F Prestigiacomo; Thomas P Gillis; Jennifer Waguespack-Labiche
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-05-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology     Volume:  64     ISSN:  1097-6787     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Acad. Dermatol.     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7907132     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Dermatol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  593-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2009 American Academy of Dermatology, Inc. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
National Hansen's Disease Programs Clinical Branch, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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