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Acta Leprol ; 7(4): 335-45, 1991.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-1950443

RESUMO

Many investigators have evaluated the influence of genetic constitution on the susceptibility to leprosy in studies linked to different types of research. To determine the possible existence of a family trait linked to the lymphoproliferation and to lepromin reactivity we studied the blastogenic response to phytohaemagglutinin, lepromin and M. leprae and the Mitsuda's reaction in leprosy patients and their unaffected sibs. Sixty-eight individuals were studied, 34 were leprosy patients (17 lepromatous and 17 tuberculoid leprosy) and the remaining were their sibs previously matched by sex and age. The indices of blastogenesis and lepromin reactivity were lower in lepromatous than in tuberculoid patients, that confirmed the immunological polarity of the two types of leprosy. Both the lymphoproliferation and Mitsuda's reaction results suggest different cell immune responses in leprosy patients and their unaffected sibs, so that the hypothesis of a family trait favouring the similarity of responses to these tests among sibs becomes unlikely.


Assuntos
Antígeno de Mitsuda/imunologia , Hanseníase Virchowiana/imunologia , Hanseníase Tuberculoide/imunologia , Ativação Linfocitária/fisiologia , Mycobacterium leprae/imunologia , Fito-Hemaglutininas/imunologia , Antígenos de Bactérias/administração & dosagem , Feminino , Humanos , Antígeno de Mitsuda/administração & dosagem , Hanseníase Virchowiana/sangue , Hanseníase Virchowiana/genética , Hanseníase Tuberculoide/sangue , Hanseníase Tuberculoide/genética , Linfócitos/imunologia , Masculino , Fito-Hemaglutininas/administração & dosagem , Probabilidade
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Acta Leprol ; 7(3): 229-37, 1990.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-2151586

RESUMO

The authors discuss the classification, clinical aspects, lepromin reactivity, and epidemiologic features of leprosy among children. The most frequent characteristics of each form of leprosy are described. Lepromatous leprosy is less frequent among children in countries of low endemicity and more frequent, even in the most advanced forms, in hyperendemic regions. Borderline forms are rare. In a large number of cases the initial manifestations are those of the indeterminate form and, in an even larger number of cases, of the tuberculoid pole. The evolution from indeterminate to the tuberculoid pole very frequently occurs in a few months or within less than one year. With respect to epidemiology, the authors consider the general frequency of leprosy among children and the frequency of each form of leprosy among children and adults. Data from surveys carried out in Brazil and other countries are presented. Children have a potential for the rapid development of immunoresistance and consequently of lepromin-positivity, and therefore only a few of them eventually develop lepromatous leprosy. This explains the low indices of lepromatous leprosy (approximately 5%) even in hyperendemic areas. Finally, they discuss the factors that may be responsible for the clinical manifestations of leprosy and their characteristics among children.


Assuntos
Hanseníase/epidemiologia , Adolescente , Brasil/epidemiologia , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Estudos Transversais , Suscetibilidade a Doenças , Feminino , Humanos , Lactente , Antígeno de Mitsuda , Hanseníase/classificação , Hanseníase/imunologia , Hanseníase/patologia , Hanseníase Virchowiana/epidemiologia , Hanseníase Virchowiana/imunologia , Hanseníase Virchowiana/patologia , Hanseníase Tuberculoide/epidemiologia , Hanseníase Tuberculoide/imunologia , Hanseníase Tuberculoide/patologia , Masculino , Mianmar/epidemiologia
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Acta Leprol ; 7(2): 119-28, 1990.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-2220296

RESUMO

To determine whether there is an inherited familiar trait linked to the lymphocyte blastogenesis test (LTT), under stimulation with PHA, lepromin and Mycobacterium leprae in culture medium containing autologous plasma, this test was carried out in patients with the polar forms of leprosy and their parents. The lepromin reaction was also studied in the patients and their parents because, since the test is negative in lepromatous (L) patients and a greater proportion of negativity is detected among their relatives, it might be assumed that the lymphocytes of these individuals could have a lower tendency towards blastogenesis than lymphocytes of tuberculoid (T) patients and their relatives. Thirty individuals were studied, ten of them being leprosy patients (4 L and 6 T) and the remaining their parents; 115 LTT, including control and stimulated cultures, were performed. In the limited number of patients and parents studied, the results showed that mothers of either L or T patients displayed a similarly low response to the stimulants M. leprae and lepromin. The lepromin reaction was negative in all L patients and positive in 3 out of 8 parents, as well in all the T cases and their fathers. Fathers and their T descendants were lepromin positive and there was a certain relationship between this reactivity and blastogenesis. This might suggest a possible inherited familiar trait related to a relative degree of resistance. However, further evidences from studies with larger number of subjects are required to support this hypothesis.


Assuntos
Antígeno de Mitsuda/imunologia , Hanseníase Virchowiana/imunologia , Hanseníase Tuberculoide/imunologia , Ativação Linfocitária/fisiologia , Feminino , Humanos , Antígeno de Mitsuda/administração & dosagem , Hanseníase Virchowiana/genética , Hanseníase Tuberculoide/genética , Linfócitos/imunologia , Masculino , Mycobacterium leprae , Fito-Hemaglutininas
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Acta Leprol ; (89): 17-26, 1982.
Artigo em Francês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-6819752

RESUMO

Eighty-six patients of leprosy have been examined by three leprologists; they have been classified according to the Madrid classification and their lesions biopsied and sent to two pathologists for independent histopathological examination. The pathologists have not received any information regarding the cases. Firstly the "senior" pathologist (A) utilized the Madrid classification and the "junior" pathologist (B) the Ridley-Jopling classification. In a second phase, the "senior" pathologist utilized the Ridley-Jopling classification and the "junior" pathologist the Madrid classification. Both pathologists did not know their own previous histopathological diagnosis at the second phase. The analysis of concordance and discordance between the histopathological diagnosis of the two pathologists and for the same pathologist, on utilizing the two classifications, have elicited the following conclusions: 1. There has been more concordance between the two pathologists on utilizing the Madrid classification than the Ridley-Jopling classification for the lepromatous, borderline and tuberculoïd in reaction patients. 2. The comparison of the two classifications for each pathologist on "blindly" examination of the material, has shown more concordance for the "senior" pathologist than for the "junior" pathologist. 3. These observations have convoyed to the final conclusion that the Ridley-Jopling classification brings some difficulties to the pathologists with limited experience in leprology and therefore it should be utilized only by experienced pathologists. 4. This preliminary study shows the necessity of performing another one with larger number of patients, in the active phase, with larger number of pathologists, preferably from different countries, and by utilizing the same methodology of "blind" examination of the material.


Assuntos
Hanseníase/classificação , Humanos , Hanseníase/patologia , Métodos
6.
Hansenol Int ; 7(1): 8-24, 1982 Jun.
Artigo em Português | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-7187431

RESUMO

A comparative study of the Ridley-Jopling's (RJ) and of the Congress of Madrid's (CM) pathological criteria was made in the different clinical types and groups of hanseniasis. A concordance between both criteria was found in the Indeterminate group and in the regressive phases of the Virchowian (V), Tuberculoid (T) and Reactional tuberculoid (RT) types. Clinical RT was confirmed by pathology in 81.2% of the cases according to CM, whereas 46.2% were considered "Borderline" according to RJ. Out of the 48 clinically V patients, 17 (35.4%) were "Borderline" (BL-2, BL-1 and BB), but practically all were also pathologically V according to CM. It is concluded that there is no practical convenience in the establishment of histopathological sub-groups that do not perfectly agree with clinical criteria. The Authors stress the importance of the study of the plasmocytes in the V infiltrates, of the lymphocytes in all granulomas and of the differences in the involvement of the neural ends, specially between the T and V poles. The dyeing of lipids by the Sudan III is useful to perfectly characterize the V pole, recognize residual V structures, separate the sub-groups BT, BB and BL, help in the early diagnosis of V infiltrations and differentiate the edematous, diffuse, non-granular cytoplasmatic vacuolization of RT.


Assuntos
Hanseníase/patologia , Humanos , Hanseníase/classificação , Pele/patologia
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Acta Leprol ; (86-87): 97-109, 1982.
Artigo em Francês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-6816003

RESUMO

The authors carried out 3 double blind trials to determine the correlation between the early and the late lepromin reactions and to verify the practical and control values of the 48 hours or Fernandez reaction. Children and adolescents non-contacts were tested with human lepromin (40 x 10(6) bacilli/ml) and different concentrations of armadillo lepromin (160, 40, 20, 10, 5, 2,5, and 1 x 10(6) bacilli/ml). The conclusions are as follows: 1. The coefficients of correlation (r values) point out that the correlation between the two reactions is poor or almost null. 2. The negative or doubtful reactions, the most often observed, have no practical value because they are almost always followed by a positive Mitsuda reaction. 3. The positive Fernandez reaction was always followed by a positive Mitsuda reaction. Thus it has practical importance. However as the frequency of early positivity is low with human and armadillo lepromin of lower concentrations, recommended in routine testing, the 48 hours reading is unnecessary and without control value. It would represent a loss of time and money.


Assuntos
Antígenos de Bactérias/imunologia , Antígeno de Mitsuda , Hanseníase/imunologia , Adolescente , Criança , Método Duplo-Cego , Humanos , Testes Cutâneos , Fatores de Tempo
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Dermatologica ; 163(1): 78-93, 1981.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-7274519

RESUMO

A total of 9,955 schoolchildren aged 6-16 years have been examined in a tropical region. The prevalence of dermatosis varied from 21 to 87% in the municipalities surveyed. The most common dermatoses were pediculosis (prevalence 50%), nevi (16.8%), pityriasis versicolor (13.2%), pyoderma (12.2%), pityriasis alba (9.9%), dermatophytosis (6.2%), viral dermatosis (6.2%), scabies (3.0%) and acne vulgaris (2.7%). The prevalence of angular stomatitis, miliaria rubra, candidiasis, piedra nigra, keratosis pilaris, ephelides and geographic tongue is lower but still relatively high. Females had higher rates of pediculosis capitis and males higher prevalence of pityriasis alba. The prevalence of pityriasis versicolor, pigmented nevus and scabies was similar in males and females. Folliculitis, macular pigmented nevi and especially pityriasis versicolor tended to increase with age. Leprosy is hyperendemic in the surveyed area and its rate in the schoolchildren examined was 0.08%. Population movement (urbanization), socioeconomic situation, living conditions, promiscuity, and lack of hygiene may be the cause of such high prevalence and of association of two or more skin conditions. Climatic conditions might have enhanced the prevalence of certain dermatoses (pityriasis versicolor, dermatophytosis, piedra nigra, candidiasis, miliaria rubra).


Assuntos
Dermatopatias/epidemiologia , Adolescente , Brasil , Criança , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Saúde da População Rural , Fatores Sexuais , Fatores Socioeconômicos , Saúde da População Urbana
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