Filariasis presenting as an upper arm swelling – an unusual presentation

Authors

  • Purbesh Adhikari B.P.Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6278-7855
  • Paricha Upadhyaya B.P.Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan
  • Sushil Dhakal B.P.Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan
  • Mona Dahal B.P.Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan
  • Soorya Bhattarai B.P.Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jpn.v8i1.19461

Keywords:

Filariasis, Microfilaria, Subcutaneous, Swelling

Abstract

Filariasis is a chronic disabling parasitic disease causing a major public health problem in tropical areas of Southeast Asia. It is endemic in India, China, Nepal, Indonesia, parts of Asia and Africa. In Southeast Asia it is caused mainly by W. bancrofti and Brugia species. Microfilaria is known to be present in cytology smears prepared from swelling at various sites and also in different body fluids. However, upper arm swelling as a clinical presentation of filariasis is a very rare event. If cytology smears are screened with high index of suspicion in this group of otherwise asymptomatic patients, early institution of proper treatment can both prevent the complication of the disease as well as break the chain of transmission from healthy carriers.

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Author Biographies

Purbesh Adhikari, B.P.Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan

Pathology

Paricha Upadhyaya, B.P.Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan

Pathology

Sushil Dhakal, B.P.Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan

Pathology

Mona Dahal, B.P.Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan

Pathology

Soorya Bhattarai, B.P.Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan

Pathology

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Published

2018-04-03

How to Cite

Adhikari, P., Upadhyaya, P., Dhakal, S., Dahal, M., & Bhattarai, S. (2018). Filariasis presenting as an upper arm swelling – an unusual presentation. Journal of Pathology of Nepal, 8(1), 1317–1319. https://doi.org/10.3126/jpn.v8i1.19461

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Case Reports