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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.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: Any chronic disease process and autoimmune disease can create secondary lymphedema.

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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
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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.
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A 23-year-old member asked:

How do physicians treat lymphedema?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Compression: It is treated with a pump, compression with support hose. Internist may try water pills with some effect. I have found enzymes helpful in realist cases such as bromelain, a pineapple enzyme 3-6 a da in divided doses 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What causes lymphedema?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
LymphaticObstruction: The most common cause of lymphedema is removal of lymph nodes (lns) as part of breast cancer surgery. When combined with radiation therapy, lymphedema may develop in as many as 25% of patients. Over the past decade, a less invasive technique for ln evaluation, called sentinel ln biopsy, has reduced this rate down to less than 5%.

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