Episodic adenolymphangitis and lymphoedema in patients with bancroftian filariasis

Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 1995 Jan-Feb;89(1):72-4. doi: 10.1016/0035-9203(95)90666-5.


In order to explore the relationship between acute and chronic disease, age-specific data on the frequency and duration of episodic adenolymphangitis (ADL) in patients with 3 defined grades of lymphoedema in bancroftian filariasis were examined. The age distribution of grades I and II exhibited a convex age profile, but that of grade III showed a monotonic increase. The mean duration of oedema increased with its grade (grade I, 0.3 years; grade III, 9.9 years). The mean number of ADL episodes in the previous year for all cases was 4.2 and it increased with grade (grade I, 2.4 and grade III, 6.2). The mean duration of each ADL episode for all cases was 4.1 d and it was independent of grade and age. The mean period lost to ADL episodes in the previous year was 17.5 d; it increased from 9.4 d with grade I to 28.5 d with grade III. The results imply that there is a dynamic progression through the grades of lymphoedema and that the frequency of ADL episodes is positively associated with this progression. However, the study design could not separate cause from effect.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Elephantiasis, Filarial / complications*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lymphadenitis / parasitology*
  • Lymphedema / parasitology*
  • Male
  • Recurrence
  • Time Factors