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Table 3 Staging of lymphatic filariasis lymphoedema (after Dreyer (2002) [3])

From: The design and development of a multicentric protocol to investigate the impact of adjunctive doxycycline on the management of peripheral lymphoedema caused by lymphatic filariasis and podoconiosis

StageDefinition
1Swelling is reversible (goes away) overnight
2Swelling is not reversible (does not go away)
3Presence of shallow skin folds (base of fold can be seen with movement of leg)
4Presence of skin knobs
5Presence of deep skin folds (base of fold can only be seen if opened up)
6Presence of “mossy lesions”. Warty looking epidermal skin lesions
7Unable to care for self or perform daily activities