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What is elephantiasis?

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

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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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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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How is Elephantiasis treated?

How is Elephantiasis treated?

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

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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 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

Dr. Patricia Foster
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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