What is the prognosis of leprosy following treatment?

Updated: Jun 05, 2020
  • Author: Darvin Scott Smith, MD, MSc, DTM&H; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Without treatment, leprosy can lead to permanent muscle weakness, nerve damage, and disfiguration. Even with treatment, recovery from neurologic impairment is limited, but skin lesions generally clear within the first year of therapy. Discoloration and skin damage typically persist.


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