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Does Eating Salty Foods Make Lymphedema Worse
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
Have lymphedema in right arm and hand. Also trigger finger on that side. Will surgery for the trigger finger make the lymphedema worse?
Life long concern: We try to prevent - with sentinel lymph node biopsies to decrease extent of surgery under the arm but it is always a concern i follow people with the ldex unit to measure their arms with electrical impedance to catch it early before we see it. It can be reversed and limited early in its course. One must avoid any arm infection, BP measurements or venous punctures on the affected arm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chronic Problem: Lymphedema is usually a chronic problem and can have many causes. Often times the primary cause may be unknown and this is called idiopathic. Primary lymphedema can be congenital, can occur in the teen age years or can occur in the over 40 year old group. Secondary lymphedema is often related to surgery, skin infections or, commonly, in relation to chronic venous insufficiency and leg swelling. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Slightly: lymphedema is a condition where obstruction to venous outflow in an extremity usually post surgery can cause retrograde welling from fluid accumulation in the extremity that fails to drain properly. Seen most often post axillary or groin surgery with and without radiation. Minimal wt gain ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Rarely: It is impossible to give a specific answer. It would depend on what other conditions coexist with the lymphedema. Severe lymphedema could coexist with cardiovascular disease, diabetes etc. In severe caeses, ulceration , infection can occur and lymphedema can become permanent. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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