Elephantiasis nostras verrucosa

J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. 2006 Sep-Oct;96(5):442-4. doi: 10.7547/0960442.


Swelling of the leg is a frequent finding in podiatric medicine. Unless the patient draws notice to the condition or the physician is diligent in asking questions and examining the extremity, the condition may be viewed as minor and given little attention. Swelling of the leg can be a clinical sign of certain systemic diseases, lymphatic and venous disorders, or other miscellaneous causes. Dermatologic consequences linked to many of these causes of swelling are well documented. What is not as well chronicled is a dramatic skin alteration associated with chronic lymphedema. This article provides an overview and a case presentation of the unusual and debilitating skin condition related to chronic lymphedema of the lower extremity known as elephantiasis nostras verrucosa.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Elephantiasis / diagnosis*
  • Elephantiasis / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Leg*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged