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is lymphedema considered reversible?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
No but treatable: Movement, exercise of the legs, and compression can help remove the fluid from the legs. If the skin and underlying tissue is not sclerotic I have found oral enzymes such as bromelain helpful in reducing lymphedema if used chronically.
Dr. Nick Morrison
Specializes in Phlebology
Sometimes: Acquired lymphedema during pregnancy or from overload of venous insufficiency may be treated successfully by wearing compression stockings during pregnancy and then treated by a vein specialist and a lymphedema specialist after the pregnancy. See a lymphedema specialist: lymphology association of north america and find a phlebolgy specialist: www.Phlebolgy.Org and www.Morrisonvein.Org for more.
Dr. Ted King
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Not curable: Unfortunately, lymphedema cannot be cured but it can be controlled. As drs. Westfried and morrison said, with exercise, compression, weight control, and lymphatic massage, the swelling can be well controlled much of the time, but it takes effort on your part to do that. If there is a venous disease component to the swelling (as there often is), vein treatment is beneficial.
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Vascular Surgery 42 years experience
Lymphedema: If it's a reaction to an acute event such as surgery maybe However if it suddenly develops without a cause more likely not reversible Treatment should include use of a compression stocking to aid in the development of alternative lymph channels

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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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