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can there be any cures on the horizon for lymphedema?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Too many causes: Lymphedema occurs when there is a compromise of the lymphatic circulation. This third circulation (arteries, veins) carries things too thick to be safely carried in arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. It is propelled along by normal body movements but contains a thick material called lymph. Blockage causes it to back up causing soft tissues/skin deformity.
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Vascular Surgery 42 years experience
Lymphedema: No question that would be great, but currently the true and tried measures are use of a compression stocking, and perhaps adjunctive therapy with manual lymphatic decongestion (MLD), or use of a lymphedema pump.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

Is lymphedema common?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
No: It can occur after surgery which affects the lymph nodes in a arm or leg. It is more common bilaterally in older women. It is seen in overweight inscribe people. Movement is important to cause the muscles to move the fluid out of the legs.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can lymphedema be fatal?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Rarely: It is impossible to give a specific answer. It would depend on what other conditions coexist with the lymphedema. Severe lymphedema could coexist with cardiovascular disease, diabetes etc. In severe caeses, ulceration , infection can occur and lymphedema can become permanent.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Will restricted clothing work to treat lymphedema?

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Dr. Mike Moore
Dr. Mike Moore answered
Family Medicine 8 years experience
Yes: Doctors often use specially constructed, restrictive, very tight clothing to treat lymphedema of the legs or arms. This is a common treatment for this condition.
A 25-year-old member asked:

Are you more prone to lymphedema if you have lupus?

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Dr. Alan Koslow
Vascular Surgery 43 years experience
Nothing I could find: There are a couple a case studies but nothing more then that. So i would not think it is common if it really happens at all.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is there a cure for lymphedema?

4 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Unfortunately, no...: ...However, many people with lymphedema will benefit greatly by the use of physical therapy. I recommend you seek out a referral to a physical therapist trained in lymphatic drainage.
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 34 years experience
In addition to physical therapy, which is clearly beneficial, use of compression garments, and lymphedema pumps, as well as meticulous skin care can help with the lymphedema.
Feb 6, 2012
Dr. Richard Mallia
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And elevate the feet to the level of the heart when sitting.
Jan 15, 2019

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