Clinical-epidemiological characterization of leprosy cases with physical disabilities


  • Gleciane Costa de Sousa Universidade Estadual do Maranhão
  • Francilene de Sousa Vieira Universidade Estadual do Maranhão
  • Déborah Éllen Pinheiro Oliveira Universidade Estadual do Maranhão
  • Ederson dos Santos Costa Universidade Estadual do Maranhão
  • Maria Edileuza Soares Moura Universidade Estadual do Maranhão



Leprosy, Communicable Disease Control, Primary Care Nursing.


Objective: to characterize the clinical-epidemiological profile of cases of multibacillary leprosy, diagnosed with physical disabilities. Methods: this is a cross-sectional and retrospective study. The sample consisted of 276 cases of diagnosed leprosy. Results: leprosy mainly affects males, of brown skin color, low education and with a mean age of 51.96 years old (standard deviation, SD=20.33 years old). The Virchowian and dimorphic clinical forms are mainly responsible for the transmission of the disease and the development of physical disabilities. Decreased or lost sensation in hands and feet, trophic ulcers and traumatic injuries, as well as clawed hands were the physical disabilities prevalent in the study.Conclusion: the cases with physical disabilities are predominantly affected by multibacillary clinical forms, and they can be inferred in the maintenance of the transmission chain and the late detection of severe forms of leprosy.




How to Cite

Sousa, G. C. de, Vieira, F. de S., Oliveira, D. Éllen P., Costa, E. dos S., & Moura, M. E. S. (2017). Clinical-epidemiological characterization of leprosy cases with physical disabilities. Rev Rene, 18(1), 99–105.



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