Leprosy and international adoption: A case report and review of diagnostic and treatment dilemmas

Katherine King, John C. Browning, Denise W. Metry, John Prestigiacomo, David Scollard, Gordon E. Schutze, Barbara Stryjewska, Heidi Schwarzwald

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Abstract

Hansen disease, commonly known as leprosy, is uncommon in the United States and poses difficult diagnostic and treatment challenges. A 10-year-old girl was adopted from Ethiopia with a history of "multibacillary leprosy" and "multidrug treatment" for 12 months. Three months after her arrival in the United States and 4 months after treatment was completed, she presented with new papules and plaques on her left nose and ear. Herein, we present her case and review current treatment options in leprosy in children and the management of immunologic reactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)322-325
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Children
  • Hansen disease
  • International adoption
  • Leprosy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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    King, K., Browning, J. C., Metry, D. W., Prestigiacomo, J., Scollard, D., Schutze, G. E., Stryjewska, B., & Schwarzwald, H. (2009). Leprosy and international adoption: A case report and review of diagnostic and treatment dilemmas. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 28(4), 322-325. https://doi.org/10.1097/INF.0b013e31818de21e