Lepromatous leprosy presenting as a swelling in the neck
Kaushal K Verma
Deptt. of Dermato-Venereology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi-110 029
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Dogra D, Verma KK, Sood A, Handa R. Lepromatous leprosy presenting as a swelling in the neck. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 1999;65:149-150
A 25-year-old electrician presented with gradually progressive, asymptomatic swelling on left side of the neck since 2 years. The swelling which was initially diagnosed as cervical lymphadenitis by the internist represented the enlarged left great auricular nerve. Cutaneous examination revealed an ill-defined, hypoaesthetic macule with minimal atrophy on the pinna of the left ear. The histopathology of the nerve showed a lepromatous neuritis with bacteriological index (BI) of 5+.