Pictured here is the back of a man with leprosy who had been treated at Acworth Leprosy Hospital in Mumbai, India. Note the diffuse, macular, hypopigmented rash. Leprosy is a chronic disease caused by infection with Mycobacterium leprae. The disease can affect a variety of organs including peripheral nerves, skin, muscle, eye, bone, and testes. Leprosy is diagnosed clinically by the presence of at least one of the following: hypopigmented patches, loss of cutaneous sensation, thickened nerves, and acid-fast bacilli in nasal or skin smears.
Baranoski, MD, Amy
"Image in Medicine,"
The Medicine Forum:
Vol. 7, Article 17.
Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/tmf/vol7/iss1/17