[Evaluation of the degree of incapacity of patients with a diagnosis of leprosy at a dermatology service in the state of São Paulo].
UNLABELLED: IINTRODUCTION: Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease that can lead to physical incapacity.
METHODS: The medical records of 167 patients diagnosed with leprosy between 2003 and 2007 were reviewed.
RESULTS: Most of the patients (60%) presented physical incapacity at the time of diagnosis: 34% with grade I and 26% with grade II. It was observed that the degree of incapacity had a direct correlation with the duration of the disease.
CONCLUSIONS: Leprosy is still diagnosed late, which may contribute towards maintaining this endemic disease.