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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 39-43

Management of genital manifestations of lymphatic filariasis

Consultant Plastic Surgeon & Lymphologist, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0970-1591.19550

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Genital lymphedema secondary to filariasis is a common problem in most of the filarial endemic regions of the world. Repeated filarial attacks lead to obstruction of lymph flow resulting in various types of genital manifestations in both males and females. Currently there is no cure for lymphedema. As yet no operative procedure has restored normal lymphatic function, and significant swelling recurs after all of the currently available approaches. Progress has been made by micro-lymphatic operations combined with conservative measures to relieve many of these patients of much of their swelling without resort to lifetime use of conservative measures.

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