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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 206-210

Immune zones in leprosy


Department of Dermatology, Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College, Tamaka, Kolar - 563 101, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
T S Rajashekar
Department of Dermatology, R.L. Jalappa Hospital & Research Centre, Tamaka, Kolar - 563 101, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.55626

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Leprosy affects mainly those areas of skin which have a relatively lower temperature and are more exposed to trauma. Certain zones like scalp, palms and soles, genitalia, groins, axillae, eyelids, transverse band of skin over lumboscaral area, midline of back and perineum have been described to be immune to the development of lesions in leprosy. But clinical, histological and bacteriological evidence of involvement of these so called immune zones though infrequent have been documented. Hence, these immune zones should be termed as relatively immune, rather than absolutely immune zones of leprosy.


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