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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


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I have bilateral lower extremity edema. Swelln pain dr says valve n legs failing light headed is compression stockns treatmrnt? She says then surgery to cut off flow from valve can this wait?

I have bilateral lower extremity edema. Swelln pain dr says valve n legs failing light headed is compression stockns treatmrnt? She says then surgery to cut off flow from valve can this wait?

Stockings ok: You are female and 42 years old. You have bilateral leg swelling and your doctor notes venous incompetence. Stockings should be ok. First make sure you can have the correct fitting. Many patients can tolerate these if done correctly. Your doctor also may want to assess your cardiac function by echocardiography. Normal function is 75%. Be well. ...Read more

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I have pitting edema + 2 to bilateral lower extremities. High LDL of 433 and i tend to have more swelling in my right leg. Could it be a clot?

I have pitting edema + 2 to bilateral lower extremities.  High LDL of 433 and i tend to have more swelling in my right leg. Could it be a clot?

It might lead to one: This appears to be a result of congestive heart failure/ fluid retention. This is usually in people in their sixth decade of life (50-60). However you've a high LDL and so there is likely an increased risk of heart disease. The edema is not a sign of a clot by itself, but the pressure on the vessels of your legs can cause one by venous stasis, etc.. Please see your doctor soon for therapy. ...Read more

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Causes of lower extremity swelling in someone who injects dilaudid in her thighs?

Causes of lower extremity swelling in someone who injects dilaudid in her thighs?

See a doctor: This may or may not be related to your injection of medication. Things to consider are a cellulitis (skin infection), blood clot in the deep veins of your leg, or just inflammation/clotting of the superficial veins in your leg. Please have yourself evaluated by a doctor asap. ...Read more

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How could medication cause edema in the lower extremities?

How could medication cause edema in the lower extremities?

Vasodilation: This is a very common concern with blood pressure medications. Certain medications dilate your blood vessels which make it difficult to circulate blood through your lower extremities against gravity. If you want to send me your medication list i can review it and inform you of any potential concerns. ...Read more

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What is bilateral lower extremity length dependent sensory polyneuropathy? And what causes it?

What is bilateral lower extremity length dependent sensory polyneuropathy? And what causes it?

BLELDSM made simple: In sensory polyneuropathy, sensory nerve fibers that carry info about temperature, touch, pain, & position are damaged & can't transmit signals. Length-dependent means limbs furthest away are 1st to be affected, as in both lower legs. Common causes include diabetes, nutrient deficiency, connective tissues disorders, infectious diseases, or toxins. Blood tests can rule out most of these causes. ...Read more

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I have pitting edema in my lower extremities. I hold for 5 seconds, it takes more than twice as long for it to return to normal. Should i worry?

I have pitting edema in my lower extremities. I hold for 5 seconds, it takes more than twice as long for it to return to normal. Should i worry?

need evaluation: That does not sound normal, especially for a 31 eyar-old. I am concerned that you have had high bp. This could be a serious problem and you should be evaluated by an internist very soon. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can i bypass lower extremity with fasciotomy?

Can i bypass lower extremity with fasciotomy?

Sometimes: There are occasions where a vascular surgical bypass and fasciotomy are performed at the same time, vascular trauma, acute ischemic leg. There are occasions where bypass and fasciotomy are done separately. They are not the same procedure, so can not be used interchangeably. Fasciotomy allows the leg to swell with less risk for muscle and nerve damage, less risk for amputation. Be well. ...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


Extremity (Definition)

Is appendage or body part that extends from the main body, such as arms or ...Read more