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Filarian elephantiasis in French Polynesia (Wuchereria bancrofti var. pacifica). II. Biological aspects



Filarian elephantiasis in French Polynesia (Wuchereria bancrofti var. pacifica). II. Biological aspects



Bulletin de la Societe de Pathologie Exotique et de Ses Filiales 71(6): 465-471



Realized in French Polynesia among 274 patients with elephantiasis, this survey studied the microfilaremia, the eosinophily, the immunoglobulin titers and the antifilarian antibodies (done by passive hemagglutination) for Wuchereria bancrofti var. pacifica. Patients with elephantiasis seldom have circulating microfilariae in their blood. Hypereosinophily is frequent but rarely high. It is similar to the one patients with microfilaremia. There is a trend towards neutropenia during lymphangitic crisis that occur on an elephantiasis limb. The IgE titer is clearly increased, the IgG one is lesser elevated. The mean values are identical to those encoutered among microfilariae asymptomatic cariers. On the other hand the serodiagnosis is more frequently positive among elephantiasic patients.

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