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Bacillemia and Its Relationship with Bacteriological Index in Leprosy
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Parvathi C N, Mallya S, Shetty J N, Nagesha C N. Bacillemia and Its Relationship with Bacteriological Index in Leprosy. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 1989;55:370-372
AbstractDetection of bacillemia in 40 untreated cases of leprosy was carried out by buffy coat. haemolysis and Petroff's concentration method. Bacillemiawas detected in 17 (42.5%) cases by Petroff's method. Out of 20 LL-BL cases, it was positive in 16 (80%) patients. Petroff's and haemolysis methods revealed bacillemia in 100% and 90% of LL cases respectively. The Petroff's method of concentration was found superior over the other techniques for better detection and quantitatioxi of bacffemia. A significant relationship between the bacillary load (BI) in the skin and the degree of bacillemia was observed especially in the lepromatous part of the spectrum of the dise4se.