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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 71  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 125--127

Penile tuberculoid leprosy in a five year old boy

1 Departments of Dermatology, Schieffelin Leprosy Research and Training Centre, Karigiri, Vellore, India
2 Departments of Pathology, Schieffelin Leprosy Research and Training Centre, Karigiri, Vellore, India

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Bikash Ranjan Kar
Department of Dermatology, SLR & TC, Karigiri
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DOI: 10.4103/0378-6323.14001

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A 5-year-old contact of a lepromatous leprosy patient with a tuberculoid lesion on the anterior aspect of the shaft of the penis is reported. The child was clinically suspected to have borderline tuberculoid leprosy during a survey of contacts of leprosy patients, which on histopathology revealed features of subpolar tuberculoid leprosy. The father of the child was recently detected as a case of lepromatous leprosy and was started on multibacillary regime of WHO multidrug therapy. The reason for the localization of the lesion to the shaft of the penis is also suggested. Skin as a route of transmission of tuberculoid leprosy is also emphasized.


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