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Lymphatic filariasis 

Lymphatic filariasis
Chapter:
Lymphatic filariasis
Author(s):

Richard Knight

and D.H. Molyneux

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.070902_update_001

Update:

Global Programme for Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis—progress and changes.

Mass drug therapy—impacts on clinical condition of individuals with hydrocele and lymphoedem.

‘Beyond LF’ benefits of preventive chemotherapy on other conditions increasingly recognized.

Drugs for lymphatic filariasis—revised, with emphasis on value of doxycycline for treatment symptomatic individuals.

Updated on 31 May 2012. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 19 November 2017

Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi, and B. timori are mosquito-borne nematode parasites that are important causes of morbidity, disability, and social stigma in tropical and subtropical countries. Bancroftian filariasis due to W. bancrofti, which has no animal reservoir, accounts for 90% of human infections worldwide.

Acute lymphatic filariasis—(1) lymphadenitis and lymphangitis—most common in the inguinal and femoral nodes; (2) acute genital—usually tender fusiform or cylindrical swelling of the spermatic cord; (3) abscess and fever—affected nodes may break down to produce an open ulcer....

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