Habitat and Morphology of Mycobacterium leprae

Habitat and Morphology of Mycobacterium leprae

Habitat of Mycobacterium leprae They are found in soil, water and air. Found in the soils where the leprosy infected people live. Most of them are non-pathogenic and non-parasitic. Found in warm tropical countries. Mycobacterium leprae are found in the peripheral nerves of humans. Found in the cold parts of the body like hand, feet … Read moreHabitat and Morphology of Mycobacterium leprae

Pathogenesis and Clinical Manifestations of Mycobacterium leprae

Pathogenesis and Clinical Manifestations of Mycobacterium leprae

Pathogenesis of Mycobacterium leprae M. leprae is an acid-fast, gram-positive obligate intracellular bacillus that shows tropism for cells of the reticuloendothelial system and peripheral nervous system (notably Schwann cells). Organisms may be acquired by the susceptible host usually through respiratory system or by way of skin to skin contact (between exudates of a leprosy patient’s skin … Read morePathogenesis and Clinical Manifestations of Mycobacterium leprae

Laboratory diagnosis of Leprosy caused by Mycobacterium leprae

Laboratory diagnosis of Leprosy caused by Mycobacterium leprae

Laboratory diagnosis of Leprosy caused by Mycobacterium leprae Specimen Skin biopsies, nasal discharges, scrapings from the nasal mucosa and slit-skin smears which are prepared by making superficial incisions in the skin, scraping out some tissue fluid and cells. Skin smears The skin smears are collected from the leprous lesions, such as nodules, thick papules, and … Read moreLaboratory diagnosis of Leprosy caused by Mycobacterium leprae