Abstract:Laboratory tests necessary for the diagnosis of leprosy have not been well introduced in general hospitals and clinical laboratories. Therefore, several tests have been performed in Leprosy Research Center, National Institute of Infectious Diseases since July, 1997, as a part of administrative examinations (tests done by request of Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare). These examinations include histopathology, serum antibody titers (anti-PGL-I antibody), PCR test and bioactivity of anti-bacterial agents.
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