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Research Article

Early Diagnosis of Neuropathy in Leprosy—Comparing Diagnostic Tests in a Large Prospective Study (the INFIR Cohort Study)

  • Wim H. van Brakel mail,

    w.v.brakel@kit.nl

    Affiliation: Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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  • Peter G. Nicholls,

    Affiliation: School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom

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  • Einar P. Wilder-Smith,

    Affiliation: Division of Neurology, National University Hospital, Singapore

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  • Loretta Das,

    Affiliation: Naini Community Hospital, Allahabad District, Uttar Pradesh, India

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  • Pramila Barkataki,

    Affiliation: TLM Hospital Faizabad, Faizabad District, Uttar Pradesh, India

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  • Diana N. J. Lockwood,

    Affiliation: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

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  • on behalf of the INFIR Study Group
  • Published: April 02, 2008
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0000212

About the Authors

Wim H. van Brakel
Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Peter G. Nicholls
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom
Einar P. Wilder-Smith
Division of Neurology, National University Hospital, Singapore
Loretta Das
Naini Community Hospital, Allahabad District, Uttar Pradesh, India
Pramila Barkataki
TLM Hospital Faizabad, Faizabad District, Uttar Pradesh, India
Diana N. J. Lockwood
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author

Email: w.v.brakel@kit.nl

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: WvB. Performed the experiments: EW LD PB. Analyzed the data: PN. Wrote the paper: WvB. Supervised laboratory methods during the study, and performed several major edits of the draft manuscript: DL Supervised neurological testing and contributed to the writing of the paper: EW.