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How long does lymphedema generally last?

How long does lymphedema generally last?

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 more

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Dr. Ted King
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Lymphedema (Definition)

Lymphedema is a medical condition in which the tiny amount fluid and protein that normally seeps out of blood vessels as it flows by cells cannot be returned to the blood vessels due to abnormalities in the lymph system, or the collecting ducts ...Read more


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Lymphedema in leg - how long does it last?

True lymphedema is: Typically a permanent condition that requires daily control with compression therapy. Many times swelling or edema is called lymphedema when it is not truly the case. See a lymphedema specialist if diagnosis is not certain. ...Read more

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Is there anything recommended for life long lymphedema in the legs?

Is there anything recommended for life long lymphedema in the legs?

Swelling is an enemy: Lymphedema has several causes. The swelling is bothersome, makes your legs heavy. Uncontrolled and with time, swelling causes permanent skin damage, skin color change, ulcerations, poor wound healing. Doctors recommend compression devices as first line therapy to control swelling. Ice packs, leg elevation, some interventions, a doctor visit, leg vein ultrasoud might also help control swelling. ...Read more

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Is there any successful treatment for life long lymphedema in the legs?

Is there any successful treatment for  life long lymphedema in the legs?

Lymphedema treatment: Unfortunately, if you haven't had surgery and/or radiation, there is a very good chance that the cause of your lymphedema will be impossible to determine. If there is a treatable cause, it should be treated. Otherwise, the treatment is manual lymphatic drainage, compression stockings, decongestion exercises, weight loss (if needed), and intermittent pneumatic compression for life. ...Read more

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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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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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