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Leprosy, a chronic granulomatous infection, presents with cutaneous and neurological manifestations. Musculoskeletal involvement, though the third most common manifestation, is underdiagnosed.1 ,2 In its natural history, other immune manifestations besides articular manifestations may be present, such as the presence of autoantibodies.3 ,4 There is evidence that vitamin D influences the activity of immune-mediated diseases, particularly autoimmune diseases.5 ,6 Amazon is a state in the northern part of Brazil where the disease is endemic. It has a high level of sunshine, so a low prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency would be expected. In this study we looked at the serum vitamin D …
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