Filariasis Underlying Cause
Filariasis is caused by worms (parasites) that grow in the lymph channels. The lymph channels become scarred, which prevents the normal drainage of lymph fluid. This causes severe swelling of the skin and the tissues beneath the skin.
Parasites that cause filarial elephantiasis include:
- Brugia malayi
- Wuchereria bancrofti
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