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Dr. Ted King
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Lymphedema (Definition)

The lymph channels work to return fluid from the lower extremities back towards the heart, and filter out bacteria. If the lymph channels and not functioning appropriately swelling of the affected limb is most common presentation. The swelling usually occurs during daily activities and improves with leg elevation. In order to prevent swellingUse a compression ...Read more


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Which parasite causes lymphedema?

Which parasite causes lymphedema?

Filaria: Lymphatic filariasis is caused by the worms wuchereria bancrofti, brugia malayi, and brugia timori. Subcutaneous filariasis is caused by loa loa (the eye worm), mansonella streptocerca, and onchocerca volvulus. Serous cavity filariasis is caused by the worms mansonella perstans and mansonella ozzardi, which occupy the serous cavity of the abdomen.

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What can cause lymphedema? Is it due to the lose of lymph nodes?

What can cause lymphedema? Is it due to the lose of lymph nodes?

Lymphedema cause: Lymphedema can be caused by interruption of lymphatic channels, traumatically or surgically, by obstruction or parasitic infection, or by developmental abnormalities. Removal of lymph nodes can interrupt lymphatic vessels.

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What causes lymphedema and is it reversible?

What causes lymphedema and is it reversible?

Sometimes: Lymphedema is cause by poor circulation of lymph which is the protein filled fluid that circulates and bathes cells. Usually it is caused from injury by cancer, surgery, or infection. It can be caused by obesity or pregnancy with the weight of the belly impairing circulation. In these last two cases if or when the weight is removed, the lymphedema may resolve.

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What is lymphedema? What are the potential causes?

Lymphedema: This condition is common after lymphatic dysfunction causing build up of lymphatic fluid in the space between tissues that don't drain normally into venous channels. This most commonly happens due to trauma (surgery removing nodes), scarring (Radiation) or physical blockage (pregnancy) of the lymphatics. Regular lymphatic massage is found useful in improving this condition.

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What's lymphedema and what are the potential causes?

What's lymphedema and what are the potential causes?

Fluid of the leg: Its a disorder of the lymph system so that the fluid doesn't empty out of the leg as quickly as it should. As a result fluid builds up in the leg causing swelling and potential skin breakdown. See a vascular specialist for formal evaluation. Most occur without an underlying cause.

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Can you please define lymphedema and what are the potential causes?

Can you please define lymphedema and what are the potential causes?

Lymphedema: Potential causes are primary - hereditary/congenital this mean patients are born with a lymphatic system that can be hypoplastic or aplastic. Secondary lymphedema is caused by an obstruction or impairment of lymph nodes either because they are resected or removed by surgery, radiation, scar tissue and related to other diseases affecting the lymphatic system.

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Does MRSA cause lymphedema?

Does MRSA cause lymphedema?

Not directlt: While MRSA does not cause lymphedema, patients with lymphedema can have an exacerbation, or worsening of their swelling with any skin infection.

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Does lymphedema cause stretch marks?

Yes: Lymphedema causes swelling. If the swelling is severe or occurs suddenly, it can cause stretch marks.

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Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes lymphedema and is it due to the lose of lymphnodes?

Lymphatic blockage: I suspect you have had axillary lymph node dissection. Removal of the lymph nodes in the axilla (armpit) can sometimes result in blockage of the lymph channels and swelling of the upper extremity called lymphedema. Any other condition that can cause blockage of the lymph fluid may cause lymphedema such as radiation treatment or tumors of the lymph nodes, etc... There are treatments available.

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Can a new tumor on my arm cause lymphedema?

Yes: Depending on where the tumor grows and which tissues it involves, it certainly can cause lymphedema of the arm. In particular, if the tumor involves the lymph nodes in the arm pit (axilla), this could Prohibit lymphatic drainage from the arm and cause lymphedema.

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Could shooting heroin in the arm cause arm lymphedema?

Potentially: Lymphedema can result from any type of disruption of lymphatic channels: surgery, trauma, and infection are common causes. If the heroin was injected into tissues rather than into the vein, it can incite an inflammatory reaction which alters lymphatic flow.

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What causes lymphedema?

Primary vs secondary: As dr. Rosen said, the major cause of lymphedema is lymphatic obstruction. This is most commonly due to cancer and its treatment: surgery and/or radiation. This is secondary lymphedema because there is an identifiable cause. The other type of lymphedema is primary. This means that there is no cause we can identify and is usually because part of your lymph drainage system doesn't form or fails.

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What condition is most likely to cause someone to have lymphedema?

Axillary dissection: Lymphedema (le) happens after lymph nodes have been removed or disrupted. In breast cancer surgery, le happens most frequently after someone has had an axillary dissection to remove a large group of nodes from the underarm. Radiation to the underarm increases the risk of le. Le can be triggered by trauma or infection of the arm. Obesity is also a risk factor for le after having nodes removed.

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I have chronic serositis and hip lymphedema. The fluid collects on different sides depending on gravity and sitting position. What causes this?

You said it well.: Because of the "pull" of gravity, fluid that is "free" in the tissues will move toward the "dependent" portion of the body. In other words, whichever portion of the body is "down" for a period of time, the fluid will go there because of gravity.

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Do bee stings cause lymphedema?

No: A bee sting on the problem leg could cause additional swelling but is not a primary cause of lymphedema.

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Can radiation cause arm lymphedema from non-hodgkin's lymphoma?

Can radiation cause arm lymphedema from non-hodgkin's lymphoma?

Yes, although: The non-hodgkins lymphoma can cause lyphedema itself, even without radiation.

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How can I prevent swelling on my ankles due to lymphedema (caused by abdominal surgery)?

How can I prevent swelling on my ankles due to lymphedema (caused by abdominal surgery)?

Compression: Lymphedema is cause impaired circulation of lymph. Normally the compression of muscles propels the lymph through lymphatic system, however if the is obstruction it need extra help. That can from compression stockings, lymphatic massage, or compression boots or pumps that inflate. All of these things give an extra boost to lymph circulation.

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What causes Lymphedema in lower right leg when sitting and goes down in 1 hr, in healthy, active 17 yr old Female. Also, fatigue & night sweats.

What causes Lymphedema in lower right leg when sitting and goes down in 1 hr, in healthy, active 17 yr old Female. Also, fatigue & night sweats.

WhatDoYouCallLymphed: What you are calling lymphedema can not be lymphedema. With your symptoms of fatigue and night sweats and some thing in your lower right leg (may be some swelling)I suggest you consult your Family Doctor to find out what is causing your symptoms. There can be a circulation problem, varicose veins or something else.

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more