Indian J Lepr 2008, 80 : 161-165 Original Article

Orofacial Lesions in Treated Central Indian Leprosy
Patients : A Cross Sectional Study with Review of Literature

 
SM Rawalani*, S Gummadapu**, M Motwani***, R Bhowate****, S Rawalani*****
 

* SM Rawalani, MDS (Oral Medicine and Radiology), Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Oral Medicine & Radiology, Sharad Pawar Dental College, DMIMS, Sawangi (M), Wardha, Maharashtra
** S Gummadapu, MDS (Oral Medicine and Radiology), Assistant Professor, Dept of Oral Medicine & Radiology, Drs S & N SiDS, Chinaoutapalli, Gannavaram, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
*** M Motwani, MDS (Oral Medicine and Radiology), Professor, Dept of Oral Medicine & Radiology, Sharad Pawar Dental College, DMIMS, Sawangi (M), Wardha, Maharashtra
**** R Bhowate, MDS (Oral Medicine and Radiology), Professor, Dept of Oral Medicine & Radiology, Sharad Pawar Dental College, DMIMS, Sawangi (M), Wardha, Maharashtra
***** S Rawalani, MD (Anatomy), Professor, Dept of Anatomy, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, DMIMS, Sawangi (M), Wardha, Maharashtra
Email address for corresponding author : drrawlani2007@rediffmail.com

Abstract

Objective : The goal of this study was to evaluate the orofacial lesions in treated leprosy patients.
Patients and methods : 160 treated patients at Maharogi Seva Samithi, Warora were examined clinically.
Results : Of 160 patients studied, 140 (87.5%) was of lepromatous types, 100 patients presented with depressed nasal bridge, 64 presented with hypopigmented macules on face. Intraoral examination revealed tongue abnormalities as a most common finding, with fissured tongue being the commonest feature.
Conclusion : We conclude that though active lesions of leprosy are not present, manifestations such as fissured tongue may remain in treated leprosy patients.
Key words : Orofacial lesion, Leprosy, Central India.