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VOLUME 29 , ISSUE 2 ( 2018 ) > List of Articles
Vasanthi K Sreekala
Keywords : Filariasis, Postsurgical rehabilitation.,Elephantiasis
Citation Information : Sreekala VK. Disability Limitation in Elephantiasis. Indian J Phy Med Rehab 2018; 29 (2):53-55.
License: CC BY-ND 3.0
Published Online: 00-06-2018
Copyright Statement: Copyright © 2018; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.
EIephantiasis, a chronic irreversible lymphoedema of the extremities, commonly involving legs, is caused due to obstruction of lymphatic vessels by microfilariae of Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi, and Loa loa. Two of our patients of age 56 and 58 years presented with elephantiasis. One patient was bed-bound while the other patient used to manage ambulation. Both of them were advised to undergo reconstructive surgery which the ambulatory patient refused. After 5-stage surgical correction and postsurgical rehabilitation, the bedbound patient started walking with a walker 3 months after the last surgery and became independently ambulant after 6 months.
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