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Profile of leprosy in children under 15 years of age monitored in a Brazilian referral center (2004-2012).

Abstract

Leprosy in children under 15 years of age is a serious public health problem. In this retrospective case series conducted in a Brazilian reference center (2004-2012), we found 18 cases with a mean age of 10.0±3.6 years of age and 16.6% between 0-5 years of age. Almost 56% of the cases were female, with a median time between the first symptoms and diagnosis of 11 months (4-24); 77.8% reported household contact with leprosy patients. Upon hospital admission, 66.7% presented mostly skin symptoms, while 27.8% presented a degree 2 disability. Most were classified as multibacillary (66.7%). Half of the sample developed a reaction (predominantly type 1) during the follow-up period, while 22.2% developed a late disability.

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Type
Journal Article
Author
Pinto ACVD
Wachholz PA
Silva GV
Masuda PY
Year of Publication
2017
Journal
Anais brasileiros de dermatologia
Volume
92
Issue
4
Number of Pages
580-582
Language
eng
ISSN Number
1806-4841
DOI
10.1590/abd1806-4841.20175676
Alternate Journal
An Bras Dermatol
Publication Language
eng