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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Elephantiasis (Overview)

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 of lymphatic system, lymphedema.


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What is the definition or description of: elephantiasis?

What is the definition or description of: elephantiasis?

Enlarged extremity: 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 of lymphatic system, lymphedema. ...Read more

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Elephantiasis (Overview)

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 of lymphatic system, lymphedema.


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What does having elephantiasis mean?

What does having elephantiasis mean?

Lymph obstruction: Elephantiasis refers to massive swelling of a limb due to blockage of tiny channels in the soft tissues called lymphactics. These channels usually help circulate white blood cells throughout the body and help filter certain waste products. Parasites and certain developmental diseases can cause elephantiasis. Lymphatic swelling caused by tumors or operations is usually called lymphedema. ...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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Is the disease elephantiasis caused by an eubacterium, roundworm, or virus?

Is the disease elephantiasis caused by an eubacterium, roundworm, or virus?

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 more common. ...Read more

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How can I treat elephantiasis..please replyy urgent!!!!?

How can I treat elephantiasis..please replyy urgent!!!!?

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 is a serious infectious disease and would best be cared for under the direct management of a tropical disease / infectious disease specialist. ...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

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What does having elephantiasis mean?

Lymph obstruction: Elephantiasis refers to massive swelling of a limb due to blockage of tiny channels in the soft tissues called lymphactics. These channels usually help circulate white blood cells throughout the body and help filter certain waste products. Parasites and certain developmental diseases can cause elephantiasis. Lymphatic swelling caused by tumors or operations is usually called lymphedema. ...Read more

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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 definition or description of: elephantiasis?

Enlarged extremity: 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 of lymphatic system, lymphedema. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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


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