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What are the symptoms of Filaria?

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May 18, 2011
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Most people initially are not aware that they have lymphatic filariasis. Filariasis is not life threatening infection but it can cause lasting damage to the lymph system and kidneys. In the initial stages the disease causes no symptoms and the problems start after the adult worms die. Damage to the lymph system leads to fluid collection and swelling in the arms, breasts and legs. The swelling is called lymphedema. In men, the scrotum can become swollen. It is called hydrocele. The swelling in the leg, arm, or genital area can be several times its normal size.
 
Swelling of the limb and damage to the lymphatic system increases the risk of bacterial infections of the skin and lymph system. Repeated infections lead to hardening and thickening of the skin, known as elephantiasis. Rare manifestations of filariasis include tropical pulmonary eosinophilia and chyluria. The commonly used method to diagnose filariasis includes direct demonstration of the parasite (almost always microfilariae) in blood or skin specimens. As microfilariae have nocturnal periodicity the blood sample is usually taken at night. Other tests used to diagnose filariasis include detection of antibodies by immunodiagnostic tests, and detection of circulating filarial antigen (CFA).

 

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  • L V Krishna Rao06 Oct 2012
    What are the diagnostic centres in Hyderabad which can perform blood test for filarial parasites?
  • tina27 Sep 2012
    vry nice article... thanx for the info
  • charu27 Sep 2012
    nice info
  • Deepak verma31 Jul 2012
    mere pair me normally swelling rahti hai 7salo se swelling normal hi hai pahle mere jangh ki nase hari hone lagi thi bad me derd niche ki oor jane laga aur nase hari hoti gyi abhi mere pair me derd to nhi hai lekin panje me swelling bani hue hai kya es swelling ka koe elaj h to plz aap salah de
  • Deepak verma31 Jul 2012
    7 sal pahle mere thie me derd suru hua aur nus hari hone lagi dhire dhire derd thie se niche ki oor hone laga aur sath me nus bhi hari hoti gyi maine dekha ki jaha jaha nus hari hoti gyi dard badta gya aur ant me wah mere pair ke panje me chala gya aur mere pair me swelling ho gyi abhi tak swellin normal h kya es swelling se chhutkara mil sakta hai maine bahut doctro ko dikhaya lekin koe thik nhi kr sake ek akhari umid ke sath mai aap se salah chahta hu.
  • Jyoti Prasad18 Mar 2012
    EPIDIMITIS ORCHITIS OR FILARIASIS HYDROCELE----KYA IS TARAH KI BEEMARIYOIN SE GRASIT INSAAN SHAADI KE BAAD FATHER BAN SAKTA HAI.KYA ISKA FULL TREATMENT AVAILABLE HAI .IS IT CURABLE OR NOT.PLEASE MENTION BEST DOCTOR FOR IT IN Munbai