LS08 - NPB12 Lecture 8 Leprosy: (Leprous neuritis)...

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NPB12 Lecture 8
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Leprosy: (Leprous neuritis) Symptoms: Starts with numbness and potentially pain, then eventually just the numbness remains. There may be skin lesions, thickened skin that is either reddish or pale. This can affect only one part of the body, or in the worst case it can affect virtually all of the body except where it is usually warm (scalp, groin, etc.)
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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Symptoms : Section of the skin has a burning or stabbing pain. Hypersensitivity of that section of skin. Inflamed and blistered skin, and a scaly appearance of that section of skin.
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*If you look at the region of skin affected, it is commonly only on one side, and it appears to be band-like across the torso, or only down one part of the arm or leg. *Careful examination should reveal that these regions of skin match very closely to the dermatomes we discussed before.
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Shingles is caused by the chicken pox virus . Chicken pox was a common childhood disease, related to smallpox but much less dangerous. It was dangerous to get as an adult, so many mothers (like mine) encouraged their small children to play with infected children so that they would get it and get it out of the way. You got a little sick and a little itchy, Mom put some stuff on you that made it feel better, and then you got better and went back to school.
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Now most children are vaccinated, with the hope that they won’t get chicken pox or shingles. But vaccinations are not as simple as all that.
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1850s Amputation Kit 3500 year old prosthetic Amputations
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Amputations virtually always lead to the percept of a phantom limb . The phantom can go away if the amputation is small (e.g. fingertip), but will often remain for life if it is big ( e.g. arm, leg, breast).
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2010 for the course NPB 72121 taught by Professor Hwai-jongcheng during the Fall '10 term at UC Davis.

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LS08 - NPB12 Lecture 8 Leprosy: (Leprous neuritis)...

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