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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 55-58

Coexistence of lepromatous leprosy, cutaneous tuberculosis and pulmonary tuberculosis: A rare occurrence

1 Department of Dermatology, Mythri Dermatology Experts, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
2 Department of Radiology, GSL Medical College, Rajanagaram, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Dr. Sandeep Kodali
Department of Dermatology, Mythri Dermatology Experts, 49b, Sairaj Building, 1st Floor, Above Kotak Mahindra Bank, Beside Mercedes Benz Showroom, Madhapur, Hyderabad - 500 081, Telangana
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Leprosy and Tuberculosis, the two oldest diseases known to mankind, are chronic, granulomatous infections caused by intracellular, gram–positive, aerobic, acid fast bacilli of the genus Mycobacterium. Their coexistence in the same patient has been uncommonly reported in the literature. We report a concomitant infection of cutaneous tuberculosis in the form of lupus vulgaris and scrofuloderma, leprosy and sputum positive pulmonary tuberculosis in the same patient, which is the first to be reported, to the best of our knowledge. There is a need for screening of patients for TB in patients diagnosed with leprosy to prevent the possibility of rifampicin related drug-resistant TB.

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