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what would be the cause for swelling in legs and ankles for a 49 year old male?

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Dr. Jason Cogdill
Nephrology and Dialysis 17 years experience
Leg Swelling: Swelling in both legs usually is due to excess salt water (edema). There are many possible causes, some need addressed quickly, others are long term issues. Some of the causes of this problem are heart disease or failure, cirrhosis, chronic kidney disease, nephrotic syndrome, dvt/blood clots, lypmphedema, and the list goes on. If leg swelling is a new problem it should be evaluated by a physician.
Dr. Robert Conenello
Sports Medicine 31 years experience
Rule out: Swelling can be caused by many reasons. You should rule out serious conditions such as cardiac, pulmonary or renal pathology. See your primary care physician.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat commented
Podiatry 22 years experience
Good answer!
Mar 30, 2013

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