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Can Lymphedema Be Fatal
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
It can: Early lymphedema can pit, which is one of the reasons why it can be hard to diagnose in its early stages. This is especially true if there is also some component of venous insufficiency associated with the lymphedema. Later stages of lymphedema are associated with tissue fibrosis which has lost its ability to be able to pit. ...Read more
Good diet: Lymphedema fluid is high in protein and so the fluid that creates the swelling pulls a lot of protein out of your circulation. As a result, a higher protein diet is a good idea. Avoiding salt is also smart. A fluid restriction is not thought to be helpful. Otherwise a healthy general diet with lots of fruits and vegetables is a good thing. If you are overweight, weight loss helps the swelling. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Rarely: The vast majority of cases of lymphedema have an identifiable cause, occurring after surgery, cancer, and/or radiation. We call this secondary lymphedema. A far smaller number of cases of lymphedema is primary, meaning that we can't identify the cause. Some of these cases are hereditary, and run in families, but not most, as far as we know. ...Read more
Not an identifiable: Cause. As dr. Rosen said, most lymphedema is secondary, meaning it is due to something like surgery and/or radiation. Primary lymphedema is divided into three categories: congenital lymphedema, lymphedema praecox, and lymphedema tarda. Congenital means you are born with it and a small group of these are hereditary. Praecox develops before age 35 (most have this) and tarda develops after 35. ...Read more
Yes: There are few lymphedema specialists around as dr. Clark said, but they do exist--usually at university hospital centers. Otherwise, the job gets done by phlebologists, vascular medicine specialists, vascular surgeons, and some internists. What is probably at least as important as the doctor you see is getting hooked into a lymphedema clinic and a good lymphedema therapist. ...Read more
Not quite effective: Underarmour are nice athletic garment that provide some compression. They don't quite provide enough compression to control even early lymphedema. They would be of some help but they would not be of sufficient compression to be completely effective. Good thinking though. ...Read more
More info: Lymphedema occurs when there is a compromise of the lymphatic circulation. This third circulation (arteries, veins) carries things too thick to be safely carried in arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. It is propelled along by normal body movements but contains a thick material called lymph. Blockage causes it to back up causing soft tissues/skin deformity. ...Read more
Protein and fluids: The word is derived from the name of the roman deity of fresh water, lympha. The lymph is formed when the interstitial fluid (the fluid which lies in the interstices of all body tissues) is collected through lymph capillaries. Lymph returns protein and excess interstitial fluid to the circulation. Lymph may pick up bacteria, cancer cells and bring them to lymph nodes where they are destroyed. ...Read more
Too many causes: Lymphedema occurs when there is a compromise of the lymphatic circulation. This third circulation (arteries, veins) carries things too thick to be safely carried in arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. It is propelled along by normal body movements but contains a thick material called lymph. Blockage causes it to back up causing soft tissues/skin deformity. ...Read more
Tissue swelling: Latin lympha "water goddess" - lymph is essentially recycled blood plasma. The lymphatic system returns the interstitial fluid to the thoracic duct and then to the bloodstream, where it is recirculated back to the tissues. Tissues with lymphedema are at risk of infection and ulcer. Yes I am certified in lymphatic therapy. We use fda approved lymphedema laser therapy for lymph drainage. ...Read more
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