Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) and Hearing Loss, Modern Treatment and Cure (part 7)

HHTM staff: Today’s post continues the discussion of Hansen’s disease, leprosy, as part of HHTM’s infectious diseases series.  Last post described the difficulties of differential diagnosis and early philosophies of care and treatment of this little-understood but stigmatizing disease. Leprosariums in the 19th and 20th century isolated and quarantined-for-life those thought to have leprosy.  Carville…

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Hansen’s Disease and Hearing Loss, Differential Diagnosis and Treatment (part 6)

HHTM Staff: Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) history, prevalence, clinical manifestations, mechanism of destruction, and means of diagnosis have been described so far in this series.  Today’s post touches on differential diagnosis and early, barbaric, ineffective treatment methods that  left those suspected of harboring the disease with ruined lives. Delayed Differential Diagnosis   The World Health Organization writes…

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Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) and Hearing Loss, Identification (Part 5)

HHTM Staff: Hansen’s disease, (leprosy) is one of the “neglected” infectious diseases under review in this series.  Hansen’s is caused by a parasitic bacteria which makes a comfortable home in human bodies, sometimes for decades before manifesting as a variety of symptoms that depend on the person’s autoimmune response.   The bacteria is likely the oldest…

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Hansen’s Disease and Hearing Loss: Part 4

HHTM Staff:  Today’s post continues the discussion of Hansen’s disease, commonly known as leprosy, as part of HHTM’s Staff writings for infectious diseases series.  Leprosy is caused by a secretive bacteria that strips itself down after plunging into the human body, where it takes up long-term residence as a parasite.  It’s sneaky, disguising itself from the body’s autoimmune system…

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