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What causes persistent swelling in the legs?

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Posted on Fri, 3 Aug 2018
Question: Greetings, I am 76 years male of south-Asian origin. For past 5 years I've seen swelling below my right knee (only) and all the way to my right foot. I have had my blood, urine tests done, and per the reports, multiple doctors have ruled out kidney or diabetes issue. Then why have is my right calf swollen? I am able to walk and do day-to-day activities. However, the swelling neither increases nor has decreased in the last few years.
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Answered by Dr. Suresh Heijebu (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Lymphedema of both legs. Possible post filarial Infection sequale

Detailed Answer:
Hello Sir

I can certainly understand your concern

I have worked through your attached query and reports in detail.

This is closely related to filarial Infection of the lower legs. You have a already taken treatment for this

But it has become an established post Infection sequale.

Oral medications will not be effective any more.

Surgery might be helpful in few cases through lymph diversion procedures.

Post your further queries if any.
Thank you
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What causes persistent swelling in the legs?

Brief Answer: Lymphedema of both legs. Possible post filarial Infection sequale Detailed Answer: Hello Sir I can certainly understand your concern I have worked through your attached query and reports in detail. This is closely related to filarial Infection of the lower legs. You have a already taken treatment for this But it has become an established post Infection sequale. Oral medications will not be effective any more. Surgery might be helpful in few cases through lymph diversion procedures. Post your further queries if any. Thank you