Lymphatic filariasis

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Lymphatic filariasis

Lymphatic filariasis is a parasitic disease caused by microscopic, thread-like worms that only live in the human lymph system, which maintains the body's fluid balance and fights infections. It is spread from person to person by mosquitoes. Most infected people are asymptomatic and never develop clinical symptoms. A small percentage of people develop lymphedema, which may affect the legs, arms, breasts, and genitalia; bacterial infections that cause hardening and thickening of the skin, called elephantiasis; hydrocele (swelling of the scrotum) in men; and pulmonary tropical eosinophilia syndrome. Treatment may include a yearly dose of medicine, called diethylcarbamazine (DEC); while this drug does not kill all of the adult worms, it prevents infected people from giving the disease to someone else.
 

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The terms "Lymphatic filariasis" returned 246 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Global programme to eliminate lymphatic filariasis: progress report, 2013.
 

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Journal: Wkly. Epidemiol. Rec.. 2014 Sep;89(38):409-18.

 

Last Updated: 19 Sep 2014

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Expansion of parasite-specific CD4+ and CD8+ T cells expressing IL-10 superfamily cytokine members and their regulation in human lymphatic filariasis.
 

Author(s): Rajamanickam Anuradha, Parakkal Jovvian George, Luke E Hanna, Paul Kumaran, Vedachalam Chandrasekaran, Thomas B Nutman, Subash Babu

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Lymphatic filariasis (LF) is known to be associated with an increased production of IL-10. The role of the other IL-10 family members in the pathogenesis of infection and/or disease is not known.

Last Updated: 4 Apr 2014

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Comparison of three quality of life instruments in lymphatic filariasis: DLQI, WHODAS 2.0, and LFSQQ.
 

Author(s): Cristina Thomas, Saravu R Narahari, Kuthaje S Bose, Kuthaje Vivekananda, Steven Nwe, Dennis P West, Mary Kwasny, Roopal V Kundu

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The Global Program to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis aims to interrupt transmission of lymphatic filariasis and manage morbidity in people currently living with the disease. A component of morbidity management is improving health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients. Measurement ...

Last Updated: 3 Mar 2014

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The terms "Lymphatic filariasis" returned 22 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

A review of factors that influence individual compliance with mass drug administration for elimination of lymphatic filariasis.
 

Author(s): Alison Krentel, Peter U Fischer, Gary J Weil

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The success of programs to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF) depends in large part on their ability to achieve and sustain high levels of compliance with mass drug administration (MDA). This paper reports results from a comprehensive review of factors that affect compliance with MDA.

Last Updated: 26 Nov 2013

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Insights into the pathogenesis of disease in human lymphatic filariasis.
 

Author(s): Thomas B Nutman

Journal: Lymphat Res Biol. 2013 Sep;11(3):144-8.

 

Although two thirds of the 120 million people infected with lymph-dwelling filarial parasites have subclinical infections, ∼40 million have lymphedema and/or other pathologic manifestations including hydroceles (and other forms of urogenital disease), episodic adenolymphangitis, ...

Last Updated: 18 Sep 2013

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Last Updated: 6 Sep 2013

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Mass Drug Administration for Lymphatic Filariasis and Onchocerciasis for Liberia
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Lymphatic Filariasis; Onchocerciasis; Soil Transmitted Helminth (STH) Infections

 

Last Updated: 11 Aug 2014

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Optimization of Mass Drug Administration With Existing Drug Regimens for Lymphatic Filariasis and Onchocerciasis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Lymphatic Filariasis; Soil Transmitted Helminth Infections

 

Last Updated: 8 Dec 2014

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Optimization of Mass Drug Administration With Existing Drug Regimens for Lymphatic Filariasis and Onchocerciasis for Ivory Coast (DOLF-Ivory Coast)
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Lymphatic Filariasis; Onchocerciasis; Soil Transmitted Helminth (STH) Infections

 

Last Updated: 8 Dec 2014

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