Surgical management of elephantiasis of male genitalia

Br J Urol. 1995 Aug;76(2):213-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-410x.1995.tb07677.x.


Objective: To assess the outcome of the surgical management of severe elephantiasis of male external genitalia.

Patients and methods: Twelve patients with gross oedema of their penis and scrotum were managed by excision of the lymphoedematous skin and subcutaneous tissue and a split-skin graft.

Results: The cosmetic and functional results were satisfactory in all cases. There was no recurrence and all patients were able to resume sexual activity.

Conclusion: Surgical excision of affected tissue and split-skin graft is an effective management for severe lymphoedema of the scrotum and penis.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Edema / surgery
  • Elephantiasis, Filarial / surgery*
  • Genital Diseases, Male / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Surgical Flaps
  • Treatment Outcome