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Dreyer, G. and Norões, J.

BANCROFTIAN FILARIASIS: THE REVERSE OF THE ORGANIC DISEASE.

Jornal Brasileiro de Psiquiatria. 47(5): 227-231, 1998.

SUMMARY

The authors review their experience accumulated during the last 11 years of treating patients with lymphatic filariasis in Greater Recife, an endemic area for this parasitic disease. Chronic forms of lymphatic filariasis affect approximately 15% of infected persons, whose numbers exceed 100 millions worldwide. The authors describe the infection and highlight the ways in which chronic manifestations of the disease affect both men and women. Based on their observations, the authors alert the reader to the psychosocial repercussions and stigmatization that occur among persons who have these disfiguring conditions. Finally, they call attention to the need for systematic in-depth studies to understand the burden of psychological disability associated with filarial disease; the nature and magnitude of this burden are currently unknown. If these aspects of lymphatic filariasis are not given appropriate attention, our view of th disease will remain limited and the patients will not receive the care they need.

Unitermos: psychological disabilities; sexual dysfunction; filarial disease.