British Leprosy Relief Association
Neuropathic pain in leprosy
LockwoodDiana N. J.b
aPain Clinic, Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine and Department of Neurosurgery, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Helsinki, Finland
bDepartment of Infectious & Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK
cPain Clinic, Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation, Tampere University Hospital, Tampere, Finland
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Chronic neuropathic pain in treated leprosy has received scant attention. In this article the concept, clinical features and diagnosis of neuropathic pain are reviewed. The possible pathophysiological mechanisms, treatment challenges and research needs in this area are discussed.