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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

Dr. William Singer
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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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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?

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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What is the life expectancy for a person with elephantiasis?

Elephantiasis: Lethality from Lymphatic filariasis (one type of Elephantiasis) is low. But life expectancy due to this infection would be largely impacted by disease severity. ...Read more

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Is it true that people with elephantiasis produce excessive amount of semen?

Is it true that people with elephantiasis produce excessive amount of semen?

Not true: Elephantiasis classically describes a the chronic swelling and skin changes associated with lymphatic vessel obstruction. This has nothing to do with the production of semen. ...Read more

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Elephantiasis: if the worm can live inside your body for up to 6 years then does the disease go away when the worm dies?

Elephantiasis: if the worm can live inside your body for up to 6 years then does the disease go away when the worm dies?

No: The physical manifestions of the disease are caused by the blockage of lymph ducts. The swelling and other manifestations of lymphedema are caused by a reaction to the filarial parasite. Many people with symptoms do not have active parasites. Treatment by an expert in lymphedema is recomended. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been researching elephantiasis but can not find out how the mosquito gets the worm in the first place?

Elephantiasis: "Mosquitoes are infected with microfilariae by ingesting blood when biting an infected host. Microfilariae mature into infective larvae within the mosquito. " See: http://www. Who. Int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs102/en/ ...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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Which organism causes elephantiasis?

Elephantiasis: Lymphatic filariasis is caused by infection with Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi, or B. timori. ...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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Is there a vaccine for elephantiasis?

Is there a vaccine for elephantiasis?

No: There is not yet a vaccine to protect against elephantiasis, which is a disorder transmitted by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes bite infected people and acquire the parasite from infected people. Then, the infected mosquitoes bite other people and transmit the parasite to the new victims. ...Read more

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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

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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

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What causes Elephantiasis?

Elephantiasis: Lymphatic filariasis is caused by infection with Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi, & B. timori. (These are parasitic causes). ...Read more

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How is Elephantiasis treated?

How is Elephantiasis treated?

Elephantiasis: Diethylcarbamazine (DEC) is a microfilaricide. DEC has been used in combination with ivermectin when caused by parasitic infection. ...Read more

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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. (if due to parasites). ...Read more

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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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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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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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Can elephantiasis occur for other reasons instead of parasites?

Can elephantiasis occur for other reasons instead of parasites?

No: No, it is caused by parasites (roundworms). If there is lymphedema for other reasons, it not termed elephantiasis. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for elephantiasis and what treatment can be used...

Treatments: Are available. A physician who is experienced in identifying the responsible species and ruling out other infections should be consulted. Diethylcarbamazine, ivermection, albendazone and doxycycline have all been used depending on clinical findings. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Hello docs, is elephantiasis an infectious disease?

Yes: It is caused by a parasitic filaria called wuchereria bancrofti. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bad leg edema and elephantiasis?

What is the difference between bad leg edema and elephantiasis?

Similar: Bad leg swelling is otherwise called elephantiasis. People may have swelling of legs due to fluid overload, in diseases like heart failure, kidney failure, low Albumin etc in tropical countries, people can get elephantiasis due to filariasis. ...Read more

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What's the difference between radical mastectomy and elephantiasis?

Not the same: Mastectomy is breast surgery for breast cancer. Elephantiasis is a rare condition of lymphatic disease causing severe swelling, mostly affecting the leg, rarely occurs in the us. ...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?

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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Is elephantiasis a gene or chromosomal mutation? Please advise!

Is elephantiasis a gene or chromosomal mutation? Please advise!

Elephantiasis: Elephantiasis is caused by infection with the filarial worm, which is transmitted to humans by mosquitos. It lives in the human lymphatic system. It is not a gene or chromosomal mutation.
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Dr. Shari Jackson
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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


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more