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Research Article

Predicting Neuropathy and Reactions in Leprosy at Diagnosis and Before Incident Events—Results from the INFIR Cohort Study

  • W. Cairns S. Smith mail,

    w.c.s.smith@abdn.ac.uk

    Affiliation: University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

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  • Peter G. Nicholls,

    Affiliation: University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom

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  • Loretta Das,

    Affiliation: Naini Community Hospital, Uttar Pradesh, India

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  • Pramila Barkataki,

    Affiliation: Faizabad Leprosy Hospital, Uttar Pradesh, India

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  • Sujai Suneetha,

    Affiliation: Blue Peter Research Centre, Hyderabad, India

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  • Lavanya Suneetha,

    Affiliation: Blue Peter Research Centre, Hyderabad, India

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  • Rupendra Jadhav,

    Affiliation: Stanley Browne Laboratory, Miraj, India

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  • P. S. S. Sundar Rao,

    Affiliation: The Leprosy Mission, New Delhi, India

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  • Einar P. Wilder-Smith,

    Affiliation: National University Hospital, Singapore

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  • Diana N. J. Lockwood,

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

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  • Wim H. van Brakel

    Affiliation: Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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  • Published: August 11, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0000500

About the Authors

W. Cairns S. Smith
University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Peter G. Nicholls
University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom
Loretta Das
Naini Community Hospital, Uttar Pradesh, India
Pramila Barkataki
Faizabad Leprosy Hospital, Uttar Pradesh, India
Sujai Suneetha, Lavanya Suneetha
Blue Peter Research Centre, Hyderabad, India
Rupendra Jadhav
Stanley Browne Laboratory, Miraj, India
P. S. S. Sundar Rao
The Leprosy Mission, New Delhi, India
Einar P. Wilder-Smith
National University Hospital, Singapore
Diana N. J. Lockwood
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom
Wim H. van Brakel
Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Corresponding Author

Email: w.c.s.smith@abdn.ac.uk

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: WCSS PGN LD PB SS LS RJ PSR EPWS DNJL WHvB. Performed the experiments: LD PB SS LS RJ. Analyzed the data: WCSS PGN PSR EPWS DNJL WHvB. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: SS LS RJ. Wrote the paper: WCSS.