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Why do people with emphysema sometimes have problems with fluid retention and ankle swelling?

Why do people with emphysema sometimes have problems with fluid retention and ankle swelling?

Right heart strain: This is usually related to right heart strain from lung disease or from pulmonary hypertension (high pressure in the pulmonary vascular bed). Patients with advanced copd/emphysema develop increased pressure in their lungs which causes the right side of the heart to dilate/enlarge. This in turn causes fluid retention in the legs/ankles (known as edema). ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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Hi, I have copd and thalamus pain on the right side. I live basically a very sedimentary life style. can this cause right ankle swelling ?

Hi, I have copd and thalamus pain on the right side. I live basically a very sedimentary life style. can this cause right ankle swelling ?

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What sort of problem is ankle swelling?

What sort of problem is ankle swelling?

Swelling: The term swelling means increased fluid in the area. This can be fluid retention from high blood pressure, heart failure, kidney , thyroid, or other gland disorders, if the swelling is painful and only at the ankle, with ankle tenderness, it could be arthritis. ...Read more

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How can I get my ankle swelling down?

How can I  get my ankle swelling down?

Need to find cause: Then cause can be addressed. Elevation and compression will help but see physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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Does menopause cause ankle swelling?

Does menopause cause ankle swelling?

Not usually: Menopause by itself does not cause ankle swelling. If you have persistent swelling without injury, i would consult with my pcp. ...Read more

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I have unilaterla ankle swelling and redness, but there wasno injury. What should I do?

I have unilaterla ankle swelling and redness, but there wasno injury. What should I do?

Pain?: Depending on your medical history, this could be a lot of things. If there is pain and you are post menopausal, you could have gout. Other possible conditions include arthritis, diabetic charcot foot, infection (usually an open wound is associated with this), etc. There are many possibilities. If it continues to bother you, see your pcp for a referral to a specialist. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Emphysema (Definition)

Emphysema is a lung disease caused by destruction of lung tissue--specifically the alveoli, which are the smallest sac-like units of the lung responsible for oxygen exchange. It is characterized by shortness of breath, an expanded chest, and possible signs of low oxygen in the body such as bluish ...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