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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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Is there a relationship between metal implants and lymphedema?

Is there a relationship between metal implants and lymphedema?

Secondary relations: Lymphedema occurs when there's compromise of the lymphatic circulation. This third circulation (arteries, veins) carries things too thick to be safely carried in arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells/digested food. It is propelled along by normal body movements but contains a thick material called lymph. Blockage from surgery can cause back up but unlikely the implant itself. ...Read more

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Is there any relationship between tropics and lymphedema?

Filariasis: In tropics, filariasis is the most common cause of lymphedema. Filariasis is the direct infestation of lymph nodes by the parasite wuchereria bancrofti. The disease is spread among persons by mosquitoes, and affects millions of people in the tropics and sub-tropics of asia, africa, western pacific, and parts of central and south america. Infestation by the parasite damages the lymph system. ...Read more

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What is the relationship of hepatosplenic t-cell lymphoma and low lymphocyte levels in the blood?

What is the relationship of hepatosplenic t-cell lymphoma and low lymphocyte levels in the blood?

Retained in spleen: The spleen can be quite large and contain really high numbers of malignant lymphocytes. In these cases, both normal and malignant lymphocytes can be low in the peripheral blood. ...Read more

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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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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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Could you tell me anything about lymphedema?

Could you tell me anything about lymphedema?

Lymphedema: Lymphedema is a chronic medical condition that requires daily care and attention. This is no different than a multitude of other medical problems like high blood pressure and diabetes. There are specialists in lymphedema that you should seek out. For example, many physical therapists specialize in the treatment (control) of lymphedema. Treatments include compression wraps. ...Read more

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Can there be a permanent solution to lymphedema?

Not likely: Unfortunately, lymphedema is a chronic lifelong problem that can be controlled but probably never cured. There are some new micro surgical techniques that are showing some promise but they aren't a cure either. They are simply an additional treatment tool. ...Read more

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Can you please define lymphedema and what are the potential causes?

Can you please define lymphedema and what are the potential causes?

Lymphedema : Potential causes are primary - hereditary/congenital this mean patients are born with a lymphatic system that can be hypoplastic or aplastic. Secondary lymphedema is caused by an obstruction or impairment of lymph nodes either because they are resected or removed by surgery, radiation, scar tissue and related to other diseases affecting the lymphatic system. ...Read more

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Does MRSA cause lymphedema?

Does MRSA cause lymphedema?

Not directlt: While MRSA does not cause lymphedema, patients with lymphedema can have an exacerbation, or worsening of their swelling with any skin infection. ...Read more

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Can you get lymphedema from burns?

Can you get lymphedema from burns?

Unlikely: Burns cause a break in the skin which leads to massive fluid losses. Unless lymphedema was present before the burn, it is unlikely to have occured due to the burn. Studies which have looked for an association have failed to find one. ...Read more

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Does lymphedema run in the family?

Does lymphedema run in the family?

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 more

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When will there be a cure for lymphedema?

No time soon: As dr. Katz said, a cure at present is a long way off. As dr. Wright said, though, control is possible with diet, exercise, lymphatic massage, and compression. ...Read more

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Could anybody tell me how edema/ lymphedema happens?

More info: Lymphedema occurs when there is a compromise of the lymphatic circulation. This third circulation (arteries, veins) carries things too thick to be safely carried in arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. It is propelled along by normal body movements but contains a thick material called lymph. Blockage causes it to back up causing soft tissues/skin deformity. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is in the liquid of lymphedema?

Protein and fluids: The word is derived from the name of the roman deity of fresh water, lympha. The lymph is formed when the interstitial fluid (the fluid which lies in the interstices of all body tissues) is collected through lymph capillaries. Lymph returns protein and excess interstitial fluid to the circulation. Lymph may pick up bacteria, cancer cells and bring them to lymph nodes where they are destroyed. ...Read more

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Can a person have lymphedema and lupus?

Yes: It is possible to have both of these issues. ...Read more

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How can I avoid infection if lymphedema?

Be careful: The national lymphedema network www.Lymphnet.Org recommends wearing protective gloves whenever doing any dirty work such as gardening, cleaning house, washing dishes etc. Good skin and nail care is essential. Go to the site and see all recommendations. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Thompson
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Lymphoma (Definition)

A malignancy developing in the lymphocytes of lymph glands. They present as an enlarging node that continues to grow and then ...Read more