Leprosy | Overview


What is leprosy?

Leprosy is a chronic infection caused by the Mycobacterium leprae bacteria. It can affect the skin and the nerves of the hands and feet, as well as the eyes and the lining of the nose. In some cases, leprosy can also affect other organs, such as the kidneys and testicles in men. If left untreated, leprosy can cause deformities of the hands and feet, blindness and kidney failure.

Leprosy is also called Hansen’s disease.

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Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 11/09