Leprosy and Autoimmunity

Francinne Machado Ribeiro, Yehuda Shoenfeld

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Leprosy is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae, which affects peripheral nerves and skin. The relevance of this disease comes from complex interactions between bacilli and the host immune system that lead to different clinical findings dependent on changes in T- and B-cell responses. Severe systemic manifestations may also occur at any time during the infection and even years after treatment. This chapter describes the clinical and pathogenic features of leprosy and the interaction of leprosy with other diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInfection and Autoimmunity
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780444632692
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Autoantibodies
  • Autoimmune manifestations
  • Immune system
  • Leprosy
  • Molecular mimicry


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