Leprosy of The Hard Palate and The Premaxillary Gingiva: A Case Report 1286-1288
Sanjay P. Kishve
Dept. of ENT and Head and Neck Surgery,
Rural Medical College, Loni Dist. Ahmednagar
Maharashtra, India. PIN - 413736
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Leprosy was first described in the ancient Indian texts from the 6th century BC, as a non fatal, chronic infectious disease which was caused by Mycobacterium leprae, whose clinical manifestation was largely confined to the skin, the peripheral nervous system, the upper respiratory tract, the eyes, and the testis. Oral lesions are rare, but when they are present, they occur in the lepromatous form. This article describes the clinical and the microscopic findings of a case of lepromatous leprosy with oral manifestations. The diagnosis was based on the clinical and histopathological findings, the multidrug therapy for multibacillary leprosy was started and continued for 24 months and the patient completed the treatment. We describe here, a case of a 64 yrs old female who presented to us with a large, left premaxillary growth. Clinically, a large, well defined, lobulated mass over the left premaxillary region and the adjoining gingiva was observed.