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Steroid therapy for paralytic deformities in leprosy.

Abstract

One-hundred-forty-nine patients with 272 nerve paralyses, with visible deformity and gross disability, were prospectively followed up with steroid therapy. Out of 151 ulnar paralyses, 101 recovered (67%). Out of 52 median nerve paralyses, 45 recovered (86%); out of 69 foot drops, 54 recovered (78%) for an overall improvement of 73%. Serious side effects were few. Hence, steroid therapy should be widely encouraged for the treatment of early nerve damage to prevent permanent deformity/disability, and vigilance in spotting complications of steroid therapy is emphasized.

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Type
Journal Article
Author
Sugumaran D S
Year of Publication
1997
Journal
International journal of leprosy and other mycobacterial diseases : official organ of the International Leprosy Association
Volume
65
Issue
3
Number of Pages
337-44
Date Published
1997 Sep
Language
eng
ISSN Number
0148-916X
Alternate Journal
Int. J. Lepr. Other Mycobact. Dis.
Publication Language
eng

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