What is the WHO classification of leprosy?

Updated: Aug 24, 2018
  • Author: Darvin Scott Smith, MD, MSc, DTM&H; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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According to the WHO, in an endemic area, an individual is considered to have leprosy if he or she shows either of the two following signs: [4]

  • A skin lesion consistent with leprosy and definite sensory loss, with or without thickened nerves
  • Positive skin smears

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