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What are the symptoms of lymphatic filariasis?

For many infected people, lymphatic filariasis has no real symptoms. For some people, however, the parasitic worms block the normal flow of lymph in the body. This causes lymphedema, or massive swelling in the affected area, often many years after the original infection. Swelling usually occurs in an arm, leg, breast, or the genital area. Someone with lymphedema from lymphatic filariasis is more susceptible to bacterial infections of the skin.

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