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VOLUME 29 , ISSUE 2 ( 2018 ) > List of Articles


Disability Limitation in Elephantiasis

Vasanthi K Sreekala

Keywords : Elephantiasis, Filariasis, Postsurgical rehabilitation.

Citation Information : Sreekala VK. Disability Limitation in Elephantiasis. Indian J Phy Med Rehab 2018; 29 (2):53-55.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10066-0026

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-06-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018; The Author(s).


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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