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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Hansen’s Disease and Hearing Loss, part 3

From HHTM Staff:     Hansen’s disease, aka leprosy, is the subject of a multi-post chapter in HHTM Staff contribution series on transmittable but mysterious diseases that affect the body in different, often chronic ways, including the hearing and balance systems.   Today’s post continues the primer on Hansen’s, compiling basic information that Audiologists and other health professionals need…

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Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) and Hearing Loss part 2

HHTM staff Today’s post continues the discussion of Hansen’s disease, commonly known as leprosy, as part of HHTM’s series on insidious, successful diseases of long-standing that may have effects on hearing and balance.   Gaining information on such diseases is the first step that Audiologists and other health professionals need to take in order to…

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