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What exactly is lymphatic filariasis?

Parasite: Parasite gets in lymph nodes and can cause massive swelling of the legs. Elephantiasis. Parasite common to south america. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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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What are the causes, symptoms of lymphatic filariasis?

What are the causes, symptoms of lymphatic filariasis?

Elephantiasis: 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 treated with special medicines. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for lymphatic filariasis?

What is the treatment for lymphatic filariasis?

Meds + specialist: 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) treatment includes medication (diethelycarbamazine) and expert help from a lymphedema specialist. ...Read more

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What exactly is lymphatic filariasis?

Parasite: Parasite gets in lymph nodes and can cause massive swelling of the legs. Elephantiasis. Parasite common to south america. ...Read more

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Can lymphatic filariasis recur?

Yes: Recurrrence can be seen in this diease...It is through filaria settling in the lymphatic channels that causes the obstruction known as elephantiasis. ...Read more

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Is lymphatic filariasis serious condition?

Yes: This condition, also known as onchocerciasis or elephantiasis, causes obstruction of the lymphatic drainage with subsequent swelling of the limb involved. The limbs can get huge to a handicapping level. So this is a serious condition. ...Read more

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What are the causes, symptoms of lymphatic filariasis?

Elephantiasis: 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 treated with special medicines. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for lymphatic filariasis?

Meds + specialist: 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) treatment includes medication (diethelycarbamazine) and expert help from a lymphedema specialist. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: filariasis?

What is the definition or description of: filariasis?

Elephantiasis: 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 treated with special medicines. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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


Lymphatic (Definition)

Arteries and veins carry blood around the body. Fluid leaks out and bathes the tissues and is returned to the heart by a system of vessels termed the lymphatic system. Without it fluid would accumulate in tissues ...Read more