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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Rubin
47 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Elephantiasis: Elephantiasis is a disease that is notable for the thickening of the skin and underlying tissues, especially in the legs and male genitals. Sometimes, ... Read More

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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Not usually.: See: http://www.worldmapper.org/display_extra.php?selected=395. This will show pattern of deaths due to Lymphatic filariasis (a cause for Elephantias ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Elephantiasis: Lymphatic filariasis is caused by infection with Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi, & B. timori. (These are parasitic causes).
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Elephantiasis: Diethylcarbamazine (DEC) is a microfilaricide. DEC has been used in combination with ivermectin when caused by parasitic infection.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latisha Smith
37 years experience Wound care
Not at all: Elephantiasis is the common name for stage iii lymphedema, an advanced stage of swelling of limb. Consists hardening and deformity of the skin. It is ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Leander Po
17 years experience Infectious Disease
Lymphatic Filariasis: Typically refers to the changes in the look of the legs where it resembles the thick, rough, pebbly, dark leg of an elephant. This happens when there ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Yersinia/pasteurella: Pestis is the bacterium, spread by rat flea; infesting and enlarging lympnodes (bubos). High fever, acral necrosis, seizures. The pneumonic form skips ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Elephantiasis: Lymphatic filariasis is caused by infection with Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi, or B. timori.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Erman answered
34 years experience Family Medicine
No: Yersinia pestis, the cause of bubonic plague, is transmitted by the bites of infected fleas.
A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes in certain areas: Mosquitoes can carry the parasites that cause filariasis, but typically in asia, india, sub-saharan africa, south america, and the pacific islands. T ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willam Lau
9 years experience Infectious Disease
By insects: The causative agent of chagas disease (t. Cruzi) is transmitted by bloodsucking insects or kissing bugs.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Roundworm: Wucharia bancrofti is a typical cause of elephantiasis but in the us chronic lymph edema from venous disease which can look like elephantiasis is much ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Miller
9 years experience Family Medicine
Blood test: Elephantiasis is a parasitic infection where tiny worms clog the bodies lymphatic ducts, causing massive swelling, deformity and disability. It is mor ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes: This condition, also known as onchocerciasis or elephantiasis, causes obstruction of the lymphatic drainage with subsequent swelling of the limb invol ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bowers
32 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Filariasis is a tropical disease caused by a parasite that is acquired from the bite of an infected mosquito. Treatment may not completely clear the ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
No: Mosquitoes do not transmit Ebola.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Yersinia pestis: Generally not. Person-to-person spread occurs through the respiratory route in patients with plague pneumonia. Most cases are acquired via the bite ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Hemming
16 years experience Gastroenterology
Yes: It is common in central/south america.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zadeh
16 years experience General Surgery
Wuchereria Bancrofti: Wuchereria bancrofti is the parasite which causes filariasis, which is the most common cause of lymphedema worldwide. The disease originates in mosqui ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Elephantiasis: Elephantiasis risk is in tropical and sub-tropical climates.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Petrie
34 years experience Travel Medicine
Rapid Treatment: Doxycycline has been used successfully in the treatment of elephantiasis. There are other treatments depending on the life cycle of the parasite. This ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: It's caused by plasmodium, which is a mosquito-born parasite.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Holtzclaw-swan
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Tularemia : It is a bacteria that mainly causes disease in animals, but can be transmitted to humans.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
Anti microbial Tx: Antimicrobial treatment is the mainstay of efforts in this condition. Some of the drugs are quite toxic and need to be monitored. Surgery and supporti ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
No, a parasite: No, it is caused by parasites (roundworms).

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