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Dr. James Dukelow
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Elephantiasis (Definition)

Elephantiasis is gross enlargement of limb or areas of the trunk or head. There is abnormal accumulation of watery fluid in the tissues (lymph) causing severe swelling. The skin is usually thickened, cobble stone appearance and may become ulcerated sometimes with fever, chills.Rare disorder mainly in africa casused by parasities. This is related to blockage ...Read more


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I hv hashimotos (tsh 2.71) and am on levo. Have ige>770. Other than parasites what are the other reason s for IgE to be high ?

I hv hashimotos (tsh 2.71) and am on levo. Have ige>770. Other than parasites what are the other reason s for IgE to be high ?

Probably none: This ige level is considerably higher than most people's, but this does not by itself mean it will be linked to any disease, or that this information is useful. The hyper-ige immune syndromes have preposterously high values and i don't think you're in this range. If your personal physician isn't concerned, i would not be either; if you have helminth exposure, "ova-and-parasites" may be worth it. ...Read more

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Why might it be that it be a radical mastectomy instead of elephantiasis?

Why might it be that it be a radical mastectomy instead of elephantiasis?

Not clear: Can you repeat your question in a different way? It is unclear what you are asking. Have a great day. ...Read more

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Please explain why would it be a radical mastectomy instead of elephantiasis?

Please explain why would it be a radical mastectomy instead of elephantiasis?

Unrelated: Radical mastectomy , for cancer where chest walk muscles also taken with breast and lymph nodes no longer being done . Elephantiasis is condition seen in tropics , filarial infection , lymph vessels are completely blocked result in fluid accumulation , leg looks like elephant leg . Other disease when lymph is blocked will have similar appearance ...Read more

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How is elephantiasis diagnosed?

How is elephantiasis diagnosed?

Blood test: Elephantiasis is a parasitic infection where tiny worms clog the bodies lymphatic ducts, causing massive swelling, deformity and disability. It is more common in less developed parts of the world. It is diagnosed by a combination of history, physical exam and, definitively, by identifying the worms in the blood. ...Read more

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What is the condition elephantiasis?

Elephantiasis: Conditions with massive lymphedema - can be due to parasites(Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi, & B. timori) or related to genetics (Proteus Syndrome). ...Read more

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Is elephantiasis contagious?

Is elephantiasis contagious?

No: It is not - looks scary but is not contagious - caused by musquito bite which injects parasitic worms - filaria such as wucheria bacrofti, brugia malayi, b. Timori - causing inflammation of lymphatic vessel, skin thickening, due to lymph flow obstruction. ...Read more

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Is elephantiasis a genetic ?

Is elephantiasis a genetic ?

No, a parasite: No, it is caused by parasites (roundworms). ...Read more

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What is the treatment for elephantiasis?

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 supportive measures are sometimes needed. It is very important to look for concomitant infections. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Pack
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Filariasis (Definition)

Lymphatic filiarisis is a parasitic infection of the lymph system. The parasitic worm is spread by mosquito bites in the tropical areas of asia, africa and other places. The worm blocks the lymph flow which then causes swelling (typically of legs and pelvic areas) you need to live in infected areas a long time to catch this, tourists are not at risk. It is ...Read more