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Research Letter
August 7, 2019

Characterization and Outcomes of Patients With Hansen Disease Treated at the Los Angeles County Hospital

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, Keck Medical Center of University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • 2Keck Medical School, Keck Medical Center of University of Southern California, Los Angeles
JAMA Dermatol. 2019;155(10):1190-1192. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2019.1732

Although endemic elsewhere, Hansen disease (HD) is a chronic infection caused by Mycobacterium leprae and Mycobacterium lepromatosis that is rarely seen in the United States.1 Few domestic reports offer long-term follow-up of patients with HD, who sometimes develop significant morbidity owing to delayed recognition of their illness.2 The Los Angeles County HD clinic, in operation since 1963, offers an archive that allows the description of the disease courses of a large group of patients with HD.

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