Encyclopedia of Parasitology

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Tropical Elephantiasis

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_3294-2

Symptoms (enormous swellings of legs, arms, breasts, or scrotum) due to infections with filarial worms, Wuchereria or Brugia, Lymphatic Filariasis.

Figures 1 and 2 show old photos of patients with swelling of the scrotum respectively breasts due to lymph node blockage induced by Wuchereria bancrofti. Photos from R. Koch’s expeditions.


Lymph Node Lymphatic Filariasis Lymph Node Blockage Filarial Worm 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany