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What is Lymphatic Filariasis?

What is Lymphatic Filariasis?

  • Lymphatic Filariasis: Parasitic worm infection of the lympatic system.
  • Lymphatic Filariasis: Parasitic infestation of the human lymphatic system by WUCHERERIA BANCROFTI or BRUGIA MALAYI. It is also called lymphatic filariasis.
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Lymphatic Filariasis: a disease caused by nematodes in the blood or tissues of the body causing blockage of lymphatic vessels.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Lymphatic Filariasis is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Lymphatic Filariasis, or a subtype of Lymphatic Filariasis, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Lymphatic Filariasis as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

Lymphatic Filariasis: Introduction

Types of Lymphatic Filariasis:

Types of Lymphatic Filariasis:

Broader types of Lymphatic Filariasis:

How many people get Lymphatic Filariasis?

Incidence (annual) of Lymphatic Filariasis: about 0 cases in the USA (DPD)
Incidence Rate of Lymphatic Filariasis: approx 1 in 0 or 0.00% or 0 people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Lymphatic Filariasis: Lymphatic filariasis affects over 120 million people in 73 countries throughout the tropics and sub-tropics of Asia, Africa, the Western Pacific, and parts of Central and South America. You cannot get the worms in the United States. (Source: excerpt from Lymphatic Filariasis: DPD)

How serious is Lymphatic Filariasis?

Complications of Lymphatic Filariasis: see complications of Lymphatic Filariasis

What causes Lymphatic Filariasis?

Causes of Lymphatic Filariasis: see causes of Lymphatic Filariasis
Risk factors for Lymphatic Filariasis: see risk factors for Lymphatic Filariasis

What are the symptoms of Lymphatic Filariasis?

Symptoms of Lymphatic Filariasis: see symptoms of Lymphatic Filariasis

Complications of Lymphatic Filariasis: see complications of Lymphatic Filariasis

Can anyone else get Lymphatic Filariasis?

More information: see contagiousness of Lymphatic Filariasis
Inheritance: see inheritance of Lymphatic Filariasis

Lymphatic Filariasis: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Lymphatic Filariasis.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Lymphatic Filariasis.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Lymphatic Filariasis: Infectious Disease Specialist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Lymphatic Filariasis.
Treatments for Lymphatic Filariasis: see treatments for Lymphatic Filariasis
Prevention of Lymphatic Filariasis: see prevention of Lymphatic Filariasis
Research for Lymphatic Filariasis: see research for Lymphatic Filariasis

Society issues for Lymphatic Filariasis


Hospitalization statistics for Lymphatic Filariasis: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Lymphatic Filariasis:

  • 0.0001% (14) of hospital consultant episodes were for filariasis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 93% of hospital consultant episodes for filariasis required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 79% of hospital consultant episodes for filariasis were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 21% of hospital consultant episodes for filariasis were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 38% of hospital consultant episodes for filariasis required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 10 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for filariasis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Organs Affected by Lymphatic Filariasis:

Organs and body systems related to Lymphatic Filariasis include:

Name and Aliases of Lymphatic Filariasis

Main name of condition: Lymphatic Filariasis

Class of Condition for Lymphatic Filariasis: parasite worm

Other names or spellings for Lymphatic Filariasis:

Filariasis, filarial elephantiasis, Wuchereiasis, Elephantitis

Elephantiasis (filarial) Source - Diseases Database

Lymphatic Filariasis: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Lymphatic Filariasis:

 

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