Top
10
Doctor insights on: How Is Elephantiasis Diagnosed

Share
1

1
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

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Janice Alexander
32 doctors shared insights

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


2

2
What is elephantiasis?

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, the disease can cause certain body parts, such as the scrotum, to swell to the size of a basketball. More rarely, it can cause swelling in the vulva it is caused by filariasis or podoconiosis. ...Read more

3

3
Is Elephantiasis lethal?

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 Elephantiasis). ...Read more

5

5
How is Elephantiasis treated?

How is Elephantiasis treated?

Elephantiasis: Diethylcarbamazine (DEC) is a microfilaricide. DEC has been used in combination with ivermectin. ...Read more

6

6
How can I treat elephantiasis?

How can I treat elephantiasis?

Elephantiasis: Elephantiasis can be treated with Diethylcarbamazine (DEC) which is a microfilaricide. DEC has been used in combination with ivermectin. ...Read more

7

7
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

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
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

10

10
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

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Arthur Balin
29 doctors shared insights

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