Lymphatic filariasis LF, a leading cause of permanent and long-term disability, affects million people globally. Hydrocele, one of the chronic manifestations of LF among 27 million people worldwide, causes economic and psychological burdens on patients and their families. The present study explores and describes the impact of hydrocele on sexual and marital life as well as on marriageability of hydrocele patients from rural areas of Orissa, an eastern state of India. This paper is based on ethnographic data collected through focus group discussions and in-depth interviews with hydrocele patients, wives of hydrocele patients, and other participants from the community. The most worrisome effect of hydrocele for patients and their wives was the inability to have a satisfactory sexual life. This study also highlights the impact on marriageability. In some cases, the patients were persuaded by their wives to remove hydrocele by surgery hydrocelectomy. The objective of the morbidity management arm of the Global Programme to Eliminate LF should be to increase access to hydrocelectomy, as hydrocelectomy is the recommended intervention.
It is important to understand the patient’s development and social history. Similar findings were reported from other endemic areas. You can help your doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the following questions. Return to top Varicocele 1. If you have been told to avoid a medicine, call your doctor before you take it. This study was part of an intra-mural project on the socioeconomic impact of lymphatic filariasis, funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research. Focus groups in tropical disease research. Psychological problems can also influence the ability to get and maintain erections.
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