Co-Existence of TB & Leprosy in the same patient – A Case Report

Authors

  • Md Azraf Hossain Khan Junior Consultant, Department of Dermatology & V.D., Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, Rajshahi
  • Samir C Majumder Assistant Professor, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Rajshahi Medical College, Rajshahi

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/taj.v23i1.41152

Keywords:

Co-Existence, TB & Leprosy

Abstract

Leprosy is one of the more serious health issues in a number of developing countries. Although it seldom kills, leprosy is nonetheless a deforming, disabling and stigmatizing disease.1, 2 Tuberculosis is also a major public health problem affecting nearly one third of the global population. Though leprosy and tuberculosis are common infectious disease, yet co-infection of Mycobacterium leprae and Mycobacterium tuberculosis is rare possibly due to cross-immunity. A male patient of about 70 years presented with widespread shinny hypesthetic nodular lesions symmetrically located mainly in upper extremities, trunk and a little in lower extremities about 3 years back. Slit skin smear and histopathology studies showed significant amount of bacterial load which suggested lepromatous leprosy. About after one year of starting MDT treatment, the patient developed type-2 reaction of intermittent variety. During the episodic attacks of this reaction, the patient developed pulmonary TB supported by positive smear of sputum and patchy opacities of chest x-ray about 2½ years back

TAJ 2010; 23(1): 103-105

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Published

2010-06-01

How to Cite

Khan, M. A. H., & Majumder, S. C. (2010). Co-Existence of TB & Leprosy in the same patient – A Case Report. TAJ: Journal of Teachers Association, 23(1), 103–105. https://doi.org/10.3329/taj.v23i1.41152

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