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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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Last Updated: Jan 31, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Filariasis References
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