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glossary:elephantiasis

Elephantiasis:

Hypertrophy of certain body parts (usually legs and scrotum); the end state of the disease filariasis. lymphatic condition generally found in either tropical or sub-tropical regions of the world. Also, may be used to describe stage_iii lymphedema.

Elephantiasis is an infectious tropical disease of the lymphatic system and is characterized by gross enlargement of an arm or leg or other areas of the trunk or head. The skin develops a thickened, pebbly appearance and may become ulcerated and darkened. Fever, chills, and a general feeling of ill health (malaise) may also be present. Inflammation of the lymphatic vessels causes extreme enlargement of the affected areas. This condition occurs most commonly in tropical regions and particularly in parts of Africa.

glossary/elephantiasis.txt · Last modified: 2012/10/16 14:40 (external edit)