Can leprosy cause ulcers?
The ulcers in leprosy occur by direct action of Mycobacterium leprae on the peripheral nerves, with changes in the sensory, autonomic and motor fibers (neuropathic ulcers). Less frequently, it is due to direct invasion of bacilli in the vascular endothelium, causing vasculitis, cutaneous necrosis and ulcers.
How do you treat leprosy wounds?
Antibiotics are used to treat the infection. Doctors recommend long-term treatment, usually for 6 months to a year. If you have severe leprosy, you may need to take antibiotics longer. Antibiotics can’t treat the nerve damage that comes with leprosy.
What is a Vasculitic ulcer?
Vasculitic ulcers are in fact a collection of inflammatory conditions that affect the integrity of micro vessels in the human body. These vessels include arterioles, capillaries and postcapillary venules.
Can leprosy cause foot drop?
Foot drop is a fairly common disability in leprosy. Its correction is of the greatest importance to the patient’s chances of a successful revalidation. The cause is a paralysis of the lateral popliteal nerve at the popliteal fossa.