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what is lower leg swelling

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Dr. Jason Black
25 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends: Lower leg swelling is a symptom, not a diagnosis. It should be evaluated by a physician.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
35 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: A clot could be the cause, travel to your lung causing an acute pulmonary embolism, which can be fatal.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Lizarraga
16 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Many things can cause this, including simply being obese, having vein disease, a low protein state, blood clots, tumors. It really depends on the rest ... Read More
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Dr. Mark Bromson
34 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Lower leg swelling: Lower leg swelling can be due to a variety of conditions. In addition to musculoskeletal causes, it can be due to cardiovascular and other medical co ... Read More
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Dr. Daniel Farber
24 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Depends on whose leg: If its your leg then it is appropriate to be concerned. However, leg swelling can happen for many reasons. Heart conditions, kidney problems, vein or ... Read More
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Dr. Sheeja Francis
20 years experience Rheumatology
Common: It's common, however, you should be evaluated by your doctor as it can be caused by many different issues. Best to seek urgent evaluation if swelling ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
30 years experience Phlebology
Edema: Swelling in the lower leg can involve the foot, ankle, lower leg(calf), or whole leg. This edema or swelling can be caused by heart problems, vein pro ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
40 years experience Dermatology
Many factors: It can depend on your weight, activity, how much standing and sitting you do, even what you eat. Salty foods can increase the chance of swelling legs. ... Read More
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Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
8 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes.: There are many causes of lower leg swelling, including some dangerous ones like heart failure or deep vein thrombosis. For this reason, it is always a ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Goldman
55 years experience Rheumatology
Not too long: It may be due to edema - accumulation of fluid but you need to be evaluated for the cause. It could be medications, medical diseases, varicose ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Goldman
55 years experience Rheumatology
You need evaluation: Many things can cause - some serious. See a physician to be certain you dont have a blood clot in the leg
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Arbes
44 years experience Podiatry
Have it checked: Lowe leg tenderness and swelling, particularly when these symptoms are in one leg only, suggests phlebitis or even venous thrombosis. It would be wise ... Read More
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