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Difference between lymphadema and venous insufficiency?

Difference between lymphadema and venous insufficiency?

Lymphedema: balls of the issues lymphedema and venous insufficiency can cause swelling of the lower extremities. However with venous insufficiency there is very often a valve dysfunction causing the problem which can be corrected by destruction of the vein. In both cases use of a compression stocking during daily activities would be of benefit to help reduce or prevent the swelling. ...Read more

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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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What a difference between edema and swelling?

What a difference between edema and swelling?

Edema ≠ Swelling: Swelling is a part and sign of the inflammation process (e.g. trauma), whereas edema is when fluid overfills the tissues (e.g. lungs). The difference may be seen when you press into the puffiness and edema remains depressed. ...Read more

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What is the difference between pulmonary edema and pulmonary congestion?

What is the difference between pulmonary edema and pulmonary congestion?

Pulm edema: A matter of semantics to some physicians. The terms are often used interchangeably to describe fluid build-up in the lungs regardless of cause. More descriptive terms that are used include cardiogenic pulmonary edema and non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between edema and inflammation?

Is there a difference between edema and inflammation?

YES: edema refers to generalized swelling of any part of the body. Inflammation refers to :L heat, pain, redness, and swelling in response to a noxious stimulus. ...Read more

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What differences between venous and arteial insufficiency?

What differences between venous and arteial insufficiency?

Arterial/ venous: Arterial poor supply generally caused by atheroclerosis. Venous poor return frequent swelling ...Read more

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What is the difference between pneumothorax and pulmonary edema?

What is the difference between pneumothorax and pulmonary edema?

Different: When lungs get filled with fluid is called pulmonary edema as seen in heart failure , when air enters in the pleural cavity ; displaces lung ( pneumothorax ) as seen in reputes of lung bleb , both conditions will interfere lung function , can be lethal if untreated ...Read more

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What is the difference between pneumonia and pulmonary edema?

What is the difference between pneumonia and pulmonary edema?

Infection vs Fluid: Accumulation. Pneumonia means you have an infection in your lungs. Where as pulmonary edema reflects fluid accumulation in your lungs. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bad leg edema and elephantiasis?

What is the difference between bad leg edema and elephantiasis?

Similar: Bad leg swelling is otherwise called elephantiasis. People may have swelling of legs due to fluid overload, in diseases like heart failure, kidney failure, low Albumin etc in tropical countries, people can get elephantiasis due to filariasis. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between pulmonary edema and sinus congestion?

Is there a difference between pulmonary edema and sinus congestion?

Lungs vs nose: Pulmonary edema is "wet lungs." this is usually related to congestive heart failure. Sinus congestion is related to nasal stuffiness and sinus blockage. ...Read more

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What the difference between a pulmonary edema and pulmonary embolism?

Difference...: Pulmonary edema is excess fluid in the lungs whereas pulmonary embolus is a blood clot in the pulmonary vascular system. They are very different but a pulmonary embolus is one of the many, many causes of pulmonary edema. ...Read more

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What is the difference between poor lymphatic flow and varicose veins?

What is the difference between poor lymphatic flow and varicose veins?

Lymph vs Blood: Lymph and blood flow from your limbs to your heart in different vessels. Lymph flows in tiny vessels that can be damaged (surgery, radiation, inflammation) causing lymph to build up in tissues and swelling. Blood flows through veins which are larger and thicker. Valves keep blood from going the wrong way. When the valves don't work, blood pools and distends the veins causing varicose veins. ...Read more

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What's the difference between hypertension and pulmonary hypertension?

What's the difference between hypertension and pulmonary hypertension?

One is in the lungs: Our blood pressure generally averages around 120/80 although lower is not necessarily bad. When it gets to 130/90 and above this is considered hypertension. The normal pressure in the arteries in the lungs is 25/15 because the right side of the heart only has to push blood through the lungs, not the whole body. When this pressure gets above 35/20 it's pulmonary hypertension. ...Read more

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What's the difference between arterial and venous thrombosis?

What's the difference between arterial and venous thrombosis?

180 degrees: Arterial thrombosis is stoppage of blood flow from the heart to different parts of the body. The result is tissue death: in arteries to the heart=heart attack; in arteries to the legs=gangrene. Venous thrombosis is within veins which return blood to the heart. It may be in deep veins which is a serious matter often requiring anticoagulation, and in superficial veins appearing red, painful. ...Read more

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Is there any connection between venous stasis disease and lymphedema?

Is there any connection between venous stasis disease and lymphedema?

Phlebolymphedema: There is such a close connection between veins and lymphatic channels that many feel it is impossible to have venous insufficiency and not have the lymphatics be affected--at least a little--and probably vice versa. It is possible though to have lymphedema with essentially no venous insufficiency. It is also possible to have both, treat the veins, and have no effect on swelling. ...Read more

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Difference between phlebitis and infection?

Difference between phlebitis and infection?

Clot /infection: Phlebitis is also called thrombophlebitis and is inflammation of a vein secondary to a clot within the vein. Phlebitis can either be in a superficial vein and is called superficial thrombophlebitis or in a deeper vein and is called dvt. Infection is an inflammation of an area usually due to bacteria.If it is in the skin it is called cellulitis and if there is pus with it, it is called an abscess. ...Read more

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Difference and similarities between pulmonary and peripheral gas exchange?

Difference and similarities between pulmonary and peripheral gas exchange?

Go to the books!: This is a hugely complex question which can not be summarized in 10 lines of space that I have been given here. So you need to study it in a book on physiology of human respiration. ...Read more

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What is the difference between arterial hypertension and pulmonary hypertension?

What is the difference between arterial hypertension and pulmonary hypertension?

Peripheral vs Lung: Systemic arterial hypertension or just regular hypertension is elevated pressure in aorta or peripheral circulation (arms, legs). Pulmonary hypertension is elevated pressure in the pulmonary arteries in the lungs. Pulmonary hypertension usually has different causes, prognosis and much different treatment than systemic arterial hypertension. ...Read more

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What is the difference between apoplexy and cerebral edema?

What is the difference between apoplexy and cerebral edema?

Words: Apoplexy is unconsciousness resulting from a stroke or hemorrhage (bleed). Cerebral edema can result from many causes, including stroke or hemorrhage, trauma, high blood pressure, cancer, etc, and it does not always correlate with unconsciousness. Edema can also be focused in a single region. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more