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Lymphatic system specialists?

Lymphatic system specialists?

None: They don't exist as a singular specialty but handled by many specialties such as vascular vein dermatology etc. ...Read more

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Lymphatic Diseases (Definition)

This represents a number of conditions which affect the lymphatic channels and/or lymph nodes. Although not exclusive to lymphatic diseases, many patients suffer from chronic edema of a variable level of severity. Some conditions are congenital or familial; however, secondary (acquired) causes are the most common such as those related to post-surgical effects ...Read more


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Is lymphatic filariasis serious condition?

Is lymphatic filariasis serious condition?

Yes: This condition, also known as onchocerciasis or elephantiasis, causes obstruction of the lymphatic drainage with subsequent swelling of the limb involved. The limbs can get huge to a handicapping level. So this is a serious condition. ...Read more

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Are lymphoma nd lymphatic melformation related diseases?

Are lymphoma nd lymphatic melformation related diseases?

Not really : Lymphomas are blood-borne malignancies that typically have origin in lymph nodes or other lymphatic tissue. Lymphatic malformations are typically benign abnormalities of lymphatic channel morphology. Many are congenital for example a cystic hygroma. ...Read more

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Can lymphatic filariasis recur?

Yes: Recurrrence can be seen in this diease...It is through filaria settling in the lymphatic channels that causes the obstruction known as elephantiasis. ...Read more

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What organ system (besides the lymphatic system) does lymphedema affect?

What organ system (besides the lymphatic system) does lymphedema affect?

Many: lymphedema afect the venous circulation and that will make thing more complicated because it will make edema worst the edema will compromise the skin perfusion that will cause changes in the skin,amd discoloration and could cause ulcers that is difficult to heal the amount of the edema could reach a level that could compromise the arterial perfusion and could cause ischemia ...Read more

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How do autoimmune diseases impact the lymphatic system?

How do autoimmune diseases impact the lymphatic system?

May or may not: Some autoimmune disease can lymph node enlargement. The lymphatic system has within it many of the immune reactive cells like lymphocytes and macrophages. These cells interact and are involved in the immune response. There are many other substances within the lymphatic system that also involved in the lymphatic system. The inflmmation that occurs can cause the lymph nodes can increase ...Read more

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Can radiation cause arm lymphedema from non-hodgkin's lymphoma?

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Can radiation cause arm lymphedema from non-hodgkin's lymphoma?

Yes, although: The non-hodgkins lymphoma can cause lyphedema itself, even without radiation. ...Read more

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Could endometriosis be spread via lymphatic or vascular systems?

Could endometriosis be spread via lymphatic  or vascular systems?

In theory yes: That is one of the 3 most common theories for why endometriosis occurs and spreads. Good wishes. ...Read more

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Does liver come in lymphatic system?

Does liver come in lymphatic system?

No, not lymphatic: The liver is part of the digestive system. It makes bile, which flows through the bile duct into the small intestine to help digest fats. The liver also does many other important functions, and is necessary for life (one cannot survive without a liver). ...Read more

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What can be done for venous stasis disease with lymphedema?

What can be done for venous stasis disease with lymphedema?

Valves malfunction.: Venous stasis with lymphedema is due to venous insufficiency which is a result of the valves in the venous system malfunctioning . This can be due to the valves in the deep system, superficial system or connecting system. See a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation with a venous reflux exam. Initial treatment consists of support hose, lymphedema massage and compression pumps. ...Read more

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Which parasite causes lymphedema?

Which parasite causes lymphedema?

Filaria: Lymphatic filariasis is caused by the worms wuchereria bancrofti, brugia malayi, and brugia timori. Subcutaneous filariasis is caused by loa loa (the eye worm), mansonella streptocerca, and onchocerca volvulus. Serous cavity filariasis is caused by the worms mansonella perstans and mansonella ozzardi, which occupy the serous cavity of the abdomen. ...Read more

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Mesenteric lymph node swelling......Possible crohns/celiac disease?

Mesenteric lymph node swelling......Possible crohns/celiac disease?

Lymphadenopathy: Have you spoken to your doctor about this lymphadenopathy? If so, what makes you jump to crohn's or celiac disease? Lymph nodes can swell from lots of things most often due to infection but many many many causes. Don't jump to severe disease based on an incidental finding. ...Read more

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Is there any connection between venous stasis disease and lymphedema?

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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 are pulmonary sarcoidosis and autoimmune diseases related?

How are pulmonary sarcoidosis and autoimmune diseases related?

The immune system.: Different parts of the immune system are involved in causing (due to an excessive reaction) problems in autoimmune diseases vs. Sarcoidosis . The cause of sarcoidosis is unknown. ...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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Are lymphedema pumps effective?

Yes: The pumps are effective if used correctly. As soon as the session is completed the extremity should be compressed in a garment or a bandage. This should be continued on a daily basis. ...Read more

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Should all people with peripheral vascular disease wear anti-embolism stockings?

Should all people with peripheral vascular disease  wear anti-embolism stockings?

No: Peripheral arterial disease does not increase the risk for embolic events, therefore anti-embolism stockings AKA TED hoses are not indicated for all patients with peripheral arterial disease. Only those at risk for venous thrombosis should wear them, particularly those that will require to be immobile and can not have preventive anticoagulation for clots. ...Read more

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Lymphatic (Definition)

Arteries and veins carry blood around the body. Fluid leaks out and bathes the tissues and is returned to the heart by a system of vessels termed the lymphatic system. Without it fluid would accumulate in tissues ...Read more


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Lymphedema (Definition)

A condition characterized by a collection of fluid that causes swelling (edema) in ...Read more