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February 1957

Indeterminate Leprosy Acquired During Military Service: Report of a Case and Review

Author Affiliations

Ossining, N. Y.; Lawton, Okla.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;99(2):290-293. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260020126018

A recent case of leprosy posing a diagnostic problem was seen by us at Fort Bragg, N. C. This disease is so unusual in the army that we feel this case worth publishing. In addition, a review of military experience with leprosy is presented, with recent concepts in diagnosis and therapy.

Report of Case  A 59-year-old white man, an officer, was admitted to U. S. Army Hospital, Fort Bragg, N. C., from the Orthopedic Clinic on April 1, 1954, for observation of skin lesions of the left lower leg, suspected to be due to Hansen's disease. The patient stated that he first noted a slightly red area on the lateral aspect of the left ankle in July, 1951. He consulted a physician after the lesion had been present for about one month, when it was about the size of a quarter. He was given nonspecific therapy after a diagnosis of

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