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A 22-year-old female asked:

Could having ankle edema as a side effect to medication permanently alter their structure/shape on a long term basis?

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: Chronic edema of the lower extremities will change their shape. Take , for example people that get older and develop heart failure the chronic edema will cause stasis dermatitis. The lower extremities adopt by having large amounts of connective tissue veins dilate lymph system dilates.
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