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Abstract

OPROMOLLA, Paula Araujo  and  MARTELLI, Antonio Carlos Ceribelli. Terminology related to hansen's disease. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2005, vol.80, n.3, pp. 293-294. ISSN 1806-4841.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0365-05962005000300011.

The international standardization of diseases is a complex process that requires a specialized team. The aim of this work is to clarify and suggest some corrections for a probable misunderstanding during the translation of ICD-10 code A30 into Portuguese, in which the terms borderline and dimorfo (dimorphous) are used as different subcategories and not as synonyms; moreover, the designation lepromatosa (lepromatous) should be replaced by virchoviana (virchowian) considering that in Brazil, the word lepra (leprosy) was abolished from official texts by a Federal Act in 1995.

Keywords : International classification of diseases; Leprosy; Terminology.

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