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if you have lymphedema, should you go to the er or wait for a doctor's appointment?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Lymphedema: Lymphedema is usually not an emergency as it is progressive and rarely requires emergent care. The typical er physician is not expert, per se, in this disorder. The exception is secondary infection that may occur -- and may be difficult to differentiate from usual inflammation from chronic -- lymphedema. Seek help from your primary care physician or from an active wound care center for help.
Dr. Paul Cohen
Dr. Paul Cohen commented
Family Medicine 28 years experience
there are even specialized lymphedema clinics which you and your primary care doc should seek out.
Nov 17, 2011
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Vascular Surgery 29 years experience
Depends: If you have an infection then go to the er. If you simply have swelling then see a physician that has a special interest in lymph edema.
Dr. Ted King
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Only if infected: Infection is a concern with lymphedema and keeping your swelling under control minimizes your risk of infection. Management of the swelling from lymphedema is a chronic process and isn't treated well in the er. If you have a sin infection though, the er might be the right place to be, especially if you have a fever, chills, and night sweats, as dr. Bolhack and salartash said..
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Vascular Surgery 42 years experience
Lymphedema: If have current infection then need to be seen quickly If not can wait for your md

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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.
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Will restricted clothing work to treat lymphedema?

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How do physicians treat lymphedema?

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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.
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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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