Delayed diagnosis of Hansen's disease (leprosy) can have serious neurological consequences. The typical skin lesions and classic neuropathy of leprosy are readily recognized in countries where the disease is more common, but in the U.S., where leprosy is rare, it can be difficult to diagnose. Physician awareness is key to the early diagnosis and treatment that can prevent disability.
Consider the diagnosis of leprosy when ...
Patient presents with non-responsive skin lesion and is
Because of a delay in diagnosis, patients may present for diagnosis of Hansen's disease who are already undergoing a Reversal or ENL reaction:
Seek prompt consultation with National Hansen's Disease Program. Phone 1-800-642-2477, weekdays 9 AM to 5:30 PM ET (in Hawaii: 1-808-733-9831).