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could you describe lymphatic disease?

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Dr. Shoaib Shafique
Vascular Surgery 34 years experience
Lymphatics are: microtubes in human body that carry lymph fluid (tissue fluid) back into venous system and blood stream. Lymphatic diseases occur typically due to blockage or underdevelopment of lymphatics.

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Lymph vs Blood: Lymph and blood flow from your limbs to your heart in different vessels. Lymph flows in tiny vessels that can be damaged (surgery, radiation, inflammation) causing lymph to build up in tissues and swelling. Blood flows through veins which are larger and thicker. Valves keep blood from going the wrong way. When the valves don't work, blood pools and distends the veins causing varicose veins.
Dr. Ted King
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I agree with Dr. Webster. Interestingly though, current research is showing that the venous damage, that occurs from chronic venous insufficiency when someone has varicose veins, can also damage lymphatics. In other words, it is nearly impossible to have swelling from varicose veins and not have some degree of lymphedema too. Thus, it is possible to treat varicose veins and still swell.
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