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Syringomyelic form of leprosy


, : Syringomyelic form of leprosy. Harefuah 117(3-4): 66-68

A 60-year-old man suffered from recurrent painless burns. During his first neurological work-up, ulcers with trophic changes were noted on the dorsum of both hands. Temperature and pain sensation were decreased over the upper extremities, but touch, vibration and position sense were normal. Syringomyelia was considered, but neuroradiologic evaluation was negative. A year later he was readmitted and was found to have patchy anesthesia involving all extremities, but no distal muscle weakness or wasting; tendon reflexes were normal. Leprosy was diagnosed and confirmed by skin and nerve biopsies. This syringomyelic form of leprosy is difficult to diagnose as it often mimics intraspinal space-occupying lesions. In Israel, where leprosy is still endemic, unusual sensory disturbances, such as patchy dysesthesia, should suggest its possibility.

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