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Int J Mycobacteriol. 2019 Apr-Jun;8(2):202-204. doi: 10.4103/ijmy.ijmy_38_19.

Tuberculosis verrucosa cutis presenting with unilateral elephantiasis nostras verrucosa of the left lower limb: A rare entity.

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Department of Dermatology, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India.


Elephantiasis nostras verrucosa is used to describe lymphedema of the lower limbs caused by a nonfilarial etiology. Infective etiologies include bacterial and fungal infections along with chronic venous stasis, postirradiation, congestive heart failure, obesity, and malignancies, all causes leading to lymphatic obstruction and edema. We herein describe a case of a 70-year-old male who presented with diffuse nonpitting edema of the entire left lower limb with cobblestoning of the surface with a positive Kaposi-Stemmer sign and presence of a verrucous plaque over the left ankle. Histopathology of the verrucous plaque revealed it to be tuberculosis verrucosa cutis (TVC). We report this rare presentation of TVC as a cause of unilateral lymphedema.


Lymphedema; rare; tuberculosis verrucosa cutis

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