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Intensive Treatment of Elephantiasis in A Child: A Case Report

Introduction: There are few publications on the treatment of elephantiasis in children. Objective: The aim of this study is to report on the intensive treatment of lower limb elephantiasis of a child in an outpatient setting.

Case report: We report the case of an eight-year-old boy who was born with scrotum and lower limb lymphedema. The initial diagnostic difficulty and therapeutic conduct over the years did not produce results and there were complications such as erysipelas. The lymphedema progressed to the most advanced stage, elephantiasis (stage III), with the mobility of the child limited affecting the quality of his life, including academically. A five-day intensive outpatient treatment program was proposed including Cervical Stimulation Therapy, Manual Lymphatic Therapy, Mechanical Lymphatic Therapy and compression using a custom-made stocking made of a grosgrain fabric.

Results: There was a reduction of 45% of the limb volume in five days.

Conclusion: Intensive treatment of elephantiasis in children is a new therapeutic option that allows significant reductions in volume in a short time.


Ana Carolina Pereira de Godoy, Rodrigo Ocampos Troitino, Maria de Fátima Guerreiro Godoy OT and José Maria Pereira de Godoy

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