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A man in India who sought medical attention for a suspected urinary tract infection was found to be suffering from a rare reaction to one of his testicles, which is is caused by parasitic worms.
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The 80-year-old’s testicle appeared to be swollen, and encrusted with lime. The man, who was not identified, was diagnosed with lymphatic filariasis, that may be the cause of a fluid-filled sack that caused a hydrocele, and to form around his testicles, and then began to clog, according to LiveScience.
A fluid-filled pocket is formed around the man’s scrotum and began to clog.
(BMJ Case Reports)
As a hydrocele, usually forming in response to infection or injury, but in this case it is caused by lymphatic filariasis, which is caused by parasitic worms.
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A patient may have become infected with the filarial worms from the bite of an infected mosquito, according to the report, the man’s condition, which was published in BMJ Case Reports. (The original case report that contains a graphic photo.) The parasites develop into adult worms and once in a the lymph vessels, which can lead to serious damage as well as swelling, as in the case of the man’s right testicle.
In the case report, the authors note that, while filariasis is endemic in India, and the scale that has occurred in this man’s scrotum will remain rare, with the authors note, only one other case, published in 1935.
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Although the authors do not say how they dealt with this man, and patients, the influence of the infection will be given anti-filarial drugs, or even surgery to get the infected hydrocele,.