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American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Volume 87, Number 6, p.963-964 (2012)



adolescent, article, Brugia malayi, Brugia timori, case report, computer assisted tomography, Filariasis, human, Humans, hydrocele, Leg, leg edema, lymphatic filariasis, lymphedema, lymphoscintigraphy, male, medical history, Nematoda, nonhuman, penis, scrotal swelling, scrotum, spermatic cord, Wuchereria bancrofti


Lymphedema is the edema that results from chronic lymphatic insufficiency. Lymphatic filariasis is caused by the filarial nematodes Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi, and Brugia timori. Lymphatic filariasis is common in tropical and subtropical regions. Early diagnosis and prompt therapy can be implemented using lymphoscintigraphy. Our patient is a 15-year-old boy presenting with a 3-month history of hydrocele. The patient was referred to us to rule out any lower limb lymphatic obstruction as the patient is from an endemic area. Tc Sulfur colloid (filtered) lymphoscintigraphy showed abnormal tracer collection in the scrotum and penis. There is associated dermal backflow or stasis in the left thigh region extending just above the knee, suggesting partial obstruction of left inguinal lymphatic channels. Copyright © 2012 by The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.


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P. Subramanyam and Palaniswamy, S. S., “Lymphoscintigraphy in unilateral lower limb and scrotal lymphedema caused by filariasis”, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, vol. 87, pp. 963-964, 2012.