Leprosy in a pregnant woman

B. K. Böddinghaus, R. J. Ludwig, R. Kaufmann, R. Enzensberger, V. Gies, S. Kramme, V. Brade, C. M. Brandt*

*Corresponding author for this work
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Herein, we describe a case of leprosy in a 29-year-old pregnant southeast-asian woman who presented with joint pain and multiple disseminated erythematous macules, papules and plaques. Histological examination and stains for acid-fast bacilli from skin biopsies substantiated the clinical suspicion of a cutaneous mycobacterial disease and both should be performed in all patients with unidentified skin lesions. The definitive laboratory diagnosis of leprosy was achieved by the application of a species-specific real-time polymerase chain reaction from infected tissue.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)37-39
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 01.02.2007


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