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Schmitt J.V.,Fundacao Pro Hansen | Dechandt I.T.,Fundacao Pro Hansen | Dopke G.,Fundacao Pro Hansen | Ribas M.L.,Fundacao Pro Hansen | And 5 more authors.
Memorias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz | Year: 2010

Leprosy's progression and its maintained endemic status, despite the availability of effective treatments, are not fully understood and recent studies have highlighted the possibility of involved Mycobacterium leprae ambient reservoirs. Wild armadillos can carry leprosy and, because their meat is eaten by humans, development of the disease among armadillo meat consumers has been investigated. This study evaluated the frequency of armadillo meat intake among leprosy patients as well as age and gender matched controls with other skin diseases from a dermatological unit. Armadillo meat consumption among both groups was adjusted by demographic and socioeconomic covariates based on a conditional multiple logistic regression model. One hundred twenty-one cases and 242 controls were evaluated; they differed in socioeconomic variables such as family income, hometown population and access to treated water. The multivariate analysis did not show an association between the intake of armadillo meat and leprosy (odds ratio = 1.07; CI 95% 0.56-2.04), even when only cases with no known contacts were analyzed. We conclude that leprosy is not associated with the intake of armadillo meat in these patients.

Pereira C.A.Z.,Pontifical Catholic University of Parana | Pereira L.C.,Pontifical Catholic University of Parana | Chermicoski I.A.,Fundacao Pro Hansen | Furusho M.I.,Fundacao Pro Hansen | Franzon V.Z.,Pontifical Catholic University of Parana
Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology | Year: 2015

Since ancient times, humans have had an interest in improving their body contour. Liquid silicone has been used for this purpose, in order to improve deformities. The authors present a case of a female patient with paralysis in the right lower limb, who underwent improper injections of a large volume of injectable silicone in the affected limb aimed at correcting its contour. Ten years later, the patient developed local complications linked to the silicone injections - localized scleroderma lesions and superficial lipomatous nevus with progressive growth in the affected limb - and clinical and laboratory pictures of rheumatoid arthritis. Injectable liquid silicone should be contraindicated as a substance for implants.

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