erythema nodosum leprosum

erythema nodosum leprosum
the type 1 kind of lepra reaction; it resembles an Arthus reaction, and usually occurs during chemotherapy for lepromatous or borderline lepromatous leprosy, although occasionally it appears spontaneously. It is usually characterized by vasculitis with small erythematous, tender cutaneous nodules or plaques widely distributed on the face and limbs, and it may be associated with severe systemic or visceral symptoms. Cf. Lucio phenomenon.

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