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What is lymphedema?

What is lymphedema?

Lymphedema explained: Lymphedema is extremity swelling due to obstruction of channels which drain lymph fluid from the intercellular spaces back to the heart. Causes are mechanical or surgical interruption or parasitic infections. One or both legs or arms can be affected. ...Read more

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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 is lymphedema?

Swelling: Lymphedema is simply fluid accumulating in some part of the body quicker than the body can drain it off. It can be due to impaired drainage or too much fluid accumulation and should be checked out with your doc. ...Read more

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Is lymphedema common?

No: It can occur after surgery which affects the lymph nodes in a arm or leg. It is more common bilaterally in older women. It is seen in overweight inscribe people. Movement is important to cause the muscles to move the fluid out of the legs. ...Read more

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Is lymphedema painful?

Sometimes: Although lymphedema can sometimes be painful, more often it is not. If you have a limb that looks like it is affected by lymphedema but it hurts, it is more likely to be lipidedema. Some say that lipidema is lymphedma with pain. ...Read more

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What causes lymphedema?

Primary vs secondary: As dr. Rosen said, the major cause of lymphedema is lymphatic obstruction. This is most commonly due to cancer and its treatment: surgery and/or radiation. This is secondary lymphedema because there is an identifiable cause. The other type of lymphedema is primary. This means that there is no cause we can identify and is usually because part of your lymph drainage system doesn't form or fails. ...Read more

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How to detect lymphedema?

How to detect lymphedema?

Clinically usually: Lymphedema occurs when a clear fluid known as lymphatic fluid builds up in the soft tissues of your body, usually in an arm or leg. Diagnois is best made clinically in at risk patients. For example, swelling on the legs and esp. The top of the feet is a classic sign. Tests that may be ordered include ultrasound, ct scans, and MRI but they are done to rule other other diagnosis's. ...Read more

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How common is lymphedema?

How common is  lymphedema?

Surprisingly common: According to lymphnotes.Com (http://www.Lymphnotes.Com/article.Php/id/401/), in the U.S., just within the medicare age population, the number of persons afflicted with lymphedema, or at risk of developing it, exceeds 6.8 million individuals. That would include all causes of lyphedema both primary (don't know the cause) and secondary ( due to cancer, radiation, surgery, etc.). ...Read more

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Why doesn't lymphedema pit?

Why doesn't lymphedema pit?

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

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Who is at risk for lymphedema?

Who is at risk for lymphedema?

Surgery+/-Radiation: Anything that disrupts the lymphatic microcirculation of an extremity can cause lymphedema. The most common cause is the surgical removal of lymph nodes (ln) to stage certain cancers (breast and melanoma, most commonly). Breast cancer treatment often includes radiation therapy; if the lns are included in the radiation field, the risks increase. Thankfully, rates are down due to new techniques. ...Read more

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What must I eat if lymphedema?

What must I eat if  lymphedema?

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

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What are symptoms of lymphedema?

Swelling : Swelling of the extremity. www.drlugo.com.

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How does lymphedema usually begin?

Swelling: Typically after an injury (and surgery can be considered an injury) the lymphatics can become damaged and the limb can swell. ...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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What can I do if I have lymphedema?

What can I do if I have lymphedema?

Therapy: There is physical therapy directed to improve this and also sleeves you can wear find a lymphedem clinic in your area. www.drlugo.com. ...Read more

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Are there any cures for lymphedema?

Maybe: Most lymphedema can be improved with physical therapy/compression. There is a new technique of lymph node transfer that can dramatically improve certain cases. It is microsurgical transfer of nodes to a draining basin to improve symptoms and hopefully grow more channels. Call 321-841-7090 as the institute of microsurgery at orlando health now offers this! ...Read more

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Is lymphedema considered reversible?

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

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What are the symptoms of lymphedema?

What are the symptoms of lymphedema?

Swelling: Most often affects arm or leg after lymph node surgery or lymphatic damage. Skin and tissues become thickened and swollen chronically. Color of skin can darken slightly. ...Read more

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How is lymphedema diagnosed in women?

Inequality: Whenever there is a swelling if it is asymmetrical then the swelling probably is lymphedema. It could be acute due to injury or surgery, ailments. If it is lasting a longer time then it is diagnosed as lymphedema (chronic typically is considered more than 6 months). ...Read more

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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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