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To the Editor.—
Indeterminant leprosy may be a difficult diagnosis to make due to the paucity of organisms in skin biopsy material. Observations on a recent case suggest that biopsy specimens of cellular nevi may facilitate diagnosis, since the organism has an affinity for nevus cells. We were unable to find any previous references to this effect; however, this observation is apparently well known to many leprologists (oral communication with Dr Samuel Moschella, Aug 27, 1976).
Report of a Case.—
A 38-year-old man was seen in the dermatology clinic at University of California Irvine Medical Center with a two-year history of progressive numbness of the hands and feet. Results of physical examination showed multiple hypopigmented macules on the back, chest, and in the axilla. Multiple biopsy specimens were taken, fixed in a formaldehyde solution, and processed routinely, and sections were stained with hematoxylineosin and Fite-Faraco stains. The sections exhibited a
Barr RJ, Herzlinger DC. Nevi in Leprosy. Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(8):1131-1132. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640080133037