Disability profile in leprosy patients' diagnoses in a rural reference leprosy centre in Ethiopia during 1999-2009

Ramos, José M.; Reyes, Francisco; Lemma, Deriba; Belinchón, Isabel; Gomez, José R.
January 2011
Tropical Doctor;Jan2011, Vol. 41 Issue 1, p51
Academic Journal
We assessed the epidemiology of disabilities in leprosy cases treated in a rural hospital over a 10-year period. This is a retrospective data collection using leprosy registers and treatment cards in a rural private mission hospital. Over the 10-year period, 210 patients with leprosy were registered for treatment. One hundred and twenty-eight (61.5%) had disabilities (26.0% grade 1 and 35.6% grade 2):13.5% ocular disabilities, 44.5% disabilities in hands and 44.7% foot impairment. Patients .19 years had more disabilities (66.7% versus 50.7%) (P = 0.03), especially ocular disabilities (16.7% in .20 versus 6.0% in ,20 years) (P = 0.03).This study detected a high prevalence of disabilities.


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