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Can both men and women get lymphedema?

Can both men and women get lymphedema?

Yes, but...: Idiopathic (meaning we can't identify the cause) lymphedema is more likely is women, more likely in one leg than both, more likely in the left leg than the right, and more likely to begin after age 35. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Lymphedema (Definition)

Lymphedema is a medical condition in which the tiny amount fluid and protein that normally seeps out of blood vessels as it flows by cells cannot be returned to the blood vessels due to abnormalities in the lymph system, or the collecting ducts ...Read more


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How is lymphedema treated in women?

How is lymphedema treated in women?

The same for all: Whether male or female, treatment is the same. The mainstay is decongestive therapy as dr. Brown said. This includes elastic compression stockings, non-elastic circ-aids garments, sequential compression devices, lymphatic drainage/massage, diet and exercise. A great source of info is lymphnet.Org, as dr. Wagner said. ...Read more

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Where do you get compression sleeves for lymphedema?

Lymphedemaproducts: Lymphedemaproducts.Com to select the correct garment (ready-made or custom made), compression level, and, if necessary, fastening systems, the patients age, physical abilities (and limitations), lifestyle, type of lymphedema and any other conditions must be taken into consideration. It is necessary that a compression garment is chosen that meets the patient’s individual needs. ...Read more

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How is lymphedema diagnosed in women?

How is lymphedema diagnosed in women?

Usually clinically: Most diagnoses are made clinically with signs of swelling. Unfortunately, by that time, there is already fibrosis and changes are controllable but not reversible. Phys ther often use tape measurements which can be very variable (location, tightness of tape, dominant vs non-dom arm). Water displacement works well but cumbesome. Bioimpedance is simple and reproducible but insurance won't pay. ...Read more

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Can you get lymphedema from burns?

Can you get lymphedema from burns?

Unlikely: Burns cause a break in the skin which leads to massive fluid losses. Unless lymphedema was present before the burn, it is unlikely to have occured due to the burn. Studies which have looked for an association have failed to find one. ...Read more

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Can you get lymphedema from a dog scratch?

Maybe: If the dog scratch causes a severe soft tissue infection of the arm there may be lymphatic insufficiency after the infection has been treated. If treated appropriately this is usually temproary and not a life long problem. ...Read more

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Should i get surgery for lymphedema if i want to be a dancer in the near future?

Possibly: Possibly you could be a surgical candidate for a new microsurgical procedure. http://blog.winniepalmerhospital.com/live-surgery-watch-drs-klein-lee-and-feiner-perform-vascular-lymph-node-transfer-vlntx/. ...Read more

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Do you think I should get surgery for lymphedema if i want to be a dancer?

Lymphedema : Surgery for lymphedema is done by a handful of surgeons in the United States. A thorough exam and as well as therapy program should be in place before any surgery is considered. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many patients get lymphedema from having lymphnodes removed when cancer spread?

Can you let me know how many patients get lymphedema from having lymphnodes removed when cancer spread?

Less-and-Less Now: Lymphedema secondary to breast cancer surgery is more related to the number of lymph nodes removed +/- radiation to the armpit rather than the presence or absence of cancer within the nodes. When a traditional axillary dissection is performed, the risk is app. 25%. This rate is <5% if only a few nodes are removed, as we often do with sentinel lymph node biopsy. ...Read more

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Do all patients get lymphedema from having lymphnodes removed when cancer spreads?

Do all patients get lymphedema from having lymphnodes removed when cancer spreads?

20-25%: Not everybody who underwent procedure to remove lymph node would have lymphedema. The incidence of lymphedema is around 20-25%. However, the incidence would be higher when more lymph nodes were removed and when the patient also received radiation therapy to the affected area. ...Read more

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Men (Definition)

Men are adult members of the male sex. The acropnym men also stands for multiple endocrine neoplasia, a hereditary condition that involves benign and malignant tumors of various glands. There are two main types, men ...Read more


Male (Definition)

Male refers to the masculine gender, those people ...Read more