Mycobacteria in nerve trunks of long-term treated leprosy patients

J.H. Pereira, D.D. Palande, S.E. Gschmeissner

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Mycobacteria were present in 4 out of 8 mixed peripheral nerve trunks from patients (3 BT and 1 BL) treated with DDS and/or MDT for periods ranging from 21 months to 8 years. Most of the bacilli appeared to be 'whole'. Nerve destruction with areas of granulomatous infiltration appeared more active than expected. Possible reasons for a continued presence of bacilli in treated nerves and its implications in 'relapse' are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-142
Number of pages9
JournalLeprosy Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1991

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