elephant skin

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elephant skin

Dermatology
A descriptive term for skin with subcutaneous oedema, redundancy and dermal thickening (elephantiasis), which is seen in infection by Onchocerca volvulus.
 
ENT
A fanciful term for Grade-3 laryngeal oedema caused by prolonged acid reflux, with redundant thickened mucosa and an airway to laryngeal diameter ratio of less than one-half.
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Grade 3 represents diffuse pachydermia laryngis ("elephant skin" of the larynx), wherein the ratio of the airway to the overall laryngeal diameter is less than one-half.
His arytenoids were mildly erythematous and mildly to moderately edematous, and there was a mild degree of pachydermia laryngis in the interarytenoid region, suggestive of reflux laryngitis.
Six months after our initial examination, the inferior glottic ridges and the voice remained stable, and the pachydermia laryngis and posterior laryngeal edema and erythema had diminished significantly.