A case of elephantiasis nostras verrucosa treated successfully by a new type of compressive garment


Mansur A. T. , ÖZKER E. , TÜKENMEZ DEMİRCİ G.

DERMATOLOGIC THERAPY, vol.33, no.6, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 33 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/dth.14348
  • Title of Journal : DERMATOLOGIC THERAPY

Abstract

Elephantiasis nostras verrucosa (ENV) is a clinical manifestation composed of hyperkeratotic, verrucous, and papillomatous lesions and dermal fibrosis, which complicate chronic lymphedema. There is currently no cure for ENV, however, several measures have been used to reduce lymphedema and the resultant pseudoepidermal hyperplasia. Supportive dressings and compression therapy still constitute an important part of the treatment. In this report, we present a 69-year-old male patient with ENV developed due to chronic lymphedema caused by venous insufficiency. After failure of healing with conventional two- and three-layered bandages, and elastic stockings, he was successfully treated by a new type of compression garment. We recommend this user friendly garment for prevention of frictional trauma, contact dermatitis, and secondary infection, which all may complicate compression treatments.