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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

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SOUZA, Linton Wallis Figueiredo. Leprosy reactions in discharged patients following cure by multidrug therapy. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2010, vol.43, n.6, pp.737-739. ISSN 0037-8682.

INTRODUCTION: Reactional states are the main cause of nerve lesions and incapacities provoked by leprosy. METHODS: Retrospective study aimed at verifying the frequency of leprosy reactions in discharged patients following cure by multidrug therapy (MDT). RESULTS: Among patients who presented reactions during treatment, 35.5% continued after MDT; of those that did not present during treatment, only 12.7% presented after discharge; 63.4% multibacillary patients presented during and 31.7% after; 27.7% paucibacillary patients presented during and 8.3% after. CONCLUSIONS: A direct proportional relation exists between the presence of reactions during and after treatment. Multibacillary clinical forms present a greater frequency of reactions during and after cure.

Keywords : Leprosy; Reactional states; Multidrug therapy.

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