A Text-Book of Pathological Anatomy and Pathogenesis Volume 1-3

A Text-Book of Pathological Anatomy and Pathogenesis Volume 1-3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...same nature; but if we except what is sometimes called elephantiasis mollis or fibroma molluscum (Art. 399), an affection depending on some congenital condition, they are all associated with some cause which gives rise to long-continued or oftenrepeated inflammation of the integument. We said in Art. 394 that eczema was sometimes to be regarded as an inflammatory process leading to hypertrophy of the papillae. This hypertrophy may extend to the cutis and subcutaneous tissues and lead to notable thickening of the entire skin, especially in the legs. Other chronic inflammations may like eczema lead to a pachydermatous condition of the skin: such are, for instance, chronic varicose ulcers, and chronic inflammation of bones lying immediately underneath the skin. Many of the forms of elephantiasis, and especially those to which the name is more properly restricted, take their rise in frequently-recurring erysipelatous inflammation. Tropical elephantiasis is now generally recognized to be ultimately due to the presence of the Filaria sanguinis hominis (Art. 235), a parasite which infests the lymphatics of the scrotum and lower limbs, and gives rise to inflammation and obstruction of the lymphcurrent. Acquired elephantiasis may affect very various parts of the body, but is chiefly met with in the genitals and lower limbs. The enormous thickening and overgrowth of the integuments lead to great deformity, which is especially noticeable in the case of the lower limbs. As the leg becomes more and more thickened the distinction between foot and leg is gradually lost, and the limb at length looks like an elephant's. The scrotum may grow till it forms an enormous tumor reaching to the knees or lower, and may weigh upwards of a hundred pounds. 396. The...show more

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  • Paperback | 444 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 789g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236943171
  • 9781236943170