Newer management options in leprosy

Indian J Dermatol. 2013 Jan;58(1):6-11. doi: 10.4103/0019-5154.105274.


Newer management options are needed for leprosy control even at present, as it is predicted that new cases of leprosy will continue to appear for many more years in future. This article detail newer methods of clinical grading of peripheral nerve involvement (thickening, tenderness and nerve pain which are subjective in nature) and the advances made in the use of Ultrasonography and Colour Doppler as an objective imaging tool for nerves in leprosy. It also briefly discusses the newer drugs and alternative regimens as therapeutic management options which hold promise for leprosy in future.

Keywords: Clinical grading of nerve involvement; leprosy-new management options; newer drugs and regimens; ultrasonography and colour doppler imaging of nerves.