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.