We present a rare case of elephantiasis of the female external genitalia due to lymphatic filariasis. Our patient, from an endemic zone of India, came with massive debilitating swelling of her external genitalia. The huge size of the swelling hindered her walking and day-to-day life. Clinical examination and investigations confirmed chronic lymphatic filariasis leading to elephantiasis of the female external genitalia. She underwent successful excisional surgery. This paper reviews the extreme rarity of the condition, the disease problem in India and discusses the social aspects of the disease with a brief review of the control and the management strategy.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 1, 2008
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