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Elephantiasis nostras of right upper lid

Contributor: William Charles Caccamise, Sr, MD, Retired Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

*Dr. Caccamise has very generously shared his images of patients taken while operating during the "eye season" in rural India as well as those from his private practice during the 1960's and 1970's. Many of his images are significant for their historical perspective and for techniques and conditions seen in settings in undeveloped areas.

elephantiasis nostras of rt. upper lid

Stedman's Medical Dictionary states: " elephantiasis nostras is a solid persisting edema of the eyelids and face that follows recurrent erysipelas or sometimes resuts from injury." In this patient the history was unclear as to the etiology of his problem. Treatment was by surgical excision.

For detailed information concerning this disease which is well-known and easily recognized by experienced dermatologists, search "elephantiasis nostras" in your favorite search engine, the search will be fruitful.

Post-operative photos.

Day 1:

elephantiasis nostras OD
First postop visit - suture still in place. Eye can be opened.

elephantiasis nostras: postop - excision of tissue of upper lid OD


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last updated: 02-08-2008
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