JOHN S. SHUTTLEWORTH, M.D.; HILARY ROSS, B.S.
In the National Leprosarium of the United States the leading cause of death in leprosy is secondary amyloidosis. The amyloidosis has been associated only with lepromatous disease, but has not been limited to cases of advanced disease or to cases showing extensive ulcerative processes. It may be seen in relatively young people who have had active lepromatous leprosy for only a few years or who have had leprosy of longer duration, but show minimal changes except for positive skin scrapings for Mycobacterium leprae. Amyloidosis may also occur in cases of longer duration which have been aggravated by chronic secondary infections,
SHUTTLEWORTH JS, ROSS H. SECONDARY AMYLOIDOSIS IN LEPROSY1. Ann Intern Med. 1956;45:23–38. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-45-1-23
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1956;45(1):23-38.
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