Elephantiasis Nostrum Verrucosa of the Abdomen: Clinical Results with Tazarotene
July 2004 | Volume 3 | Issue 4 | Case Reports | 446 | Copyright © July 2004
Second Lieutenant Jason Boyd BS, Major Steven Sloan MD, Colonel Jeffrey Meffert MD
Elephantiasis nostras verrucosa represents an uncommon yet distinct clinical entity resulting from chronic lymphedema of an extremity
or body region. Characterized by profound non-pitting edema with cobblestone-like papules, plaques, and nodules, it typically
occurs secondary to infections, surgeries, tumor obstruction, radiation, congestive heart failure, and obesity. This progressively deformative
disorder has been treated with various medical and surgical measures. In the following case report, the history, clinical, and
pathologic appearance of elephantiasis nostras verrucosa are discussed, as well as newer treatment options.