Cardiac dysautonomia in lepromatous leprosy

H D Kale, P C Zawar, R N Chawhan, G R Kulkarni
Indian Journal of Leprosy 1984, 56 (3): 563-8
Cardiovascular autonomic functions were studied in 32 patients of lepromatous leprosy, including 12 patients of lepra reaction. Fifty age and sex matched healthy subjects served as controls. Variable degree of autonomic dysfunction was observed in the study group. The derangement of autonomic functions in patients of leprosy can be explained on the basis of neurotrophic action of lepra bacilli that infiltrate the sympathetic and the parasympathetic fibres.

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