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Leprosy neuropathy masquerading as cellulitis
  1. Salini Sumangala1,
  2. Esmail Nikfekr2,
  3. Jithin George1,
  4. Christopher William Holmes3
  1. 1 Department of Neurology, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester, UK
  2. 2 Department of Neurology, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK
  3. 3 Department of Clinical Microbiology, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Salini Sumangala, Neurology, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester LE1 5WW, UK; salini.sumangala{at}

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Tropical diseases are increasingly reported outside their areas of high prevalence.1 Not only that many physicians are unfamiliar with these conditions but also there is the added challenge that it can present in an atypical way thereby remaining elusive for diagnosis.

We report the case of a 41-year-old man of Indian origin who presented with swollen left forearm with severe localised pain and erythema (figure 1) simulating a picture of cellulitis, but subsequent examination also …

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  • Contributors SS collected the data, wrote and submitted the manuscript. EN interpreted the data, provided critical feedback and guidance. JG conceived the idea and guided at every stage of writing the manuscript. CH helped with the design of the work, guided from microbiology perspective and edited the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.