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Parasitic chyluria in a 72-year-old Sierra Leonean woman: A case report

Atilola A. Adeleke
African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine | Vol 11, No 1 | a2093 | DOI: | © 2019 Atilola A. Adeleke | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 March 2019 | Published: 15 October 2019

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Atilola A. Adeleke, Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone Teaching Hospital Complex, Freetown, Sierra Leone


Although Sierra Leone lies within the worldwide filarial belt, chyluria (the passage of milky coloured urine) is a rare presenting symptom in clinical practice. This report describes a confirmed case of parasitic filariasis presenting in a 72-year-old woman. After treatment with a combination of ivermectin and albendazole, her symptoms resolved within 48 h and she was symptom free at 6 months.


filariasis; chyluria; Sierra Leone; family medicine; West Africa


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