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Lymphedema (Overview)

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 of this excess fluid.


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What causes lymphedema?

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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Dr. Ted King
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Lymphedema (Overview)

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 of this excess fluid.


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Do you know where to buy pants for someone with lymphedema swollen legs, i mean waist is not a problem?

Do you know where to buy pants for someone with lymphedema swollen legs, i mean waist is not a problem?

Medical supply store: Graduated compression hose generally require a prescription from you doctor. They will need to specify the extent of the pressure needed and you will need to get measured for them. This is usually a service of a medical supply store in your community . These are generally not available at pharmacies or drug stores. ...Read more

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I have lymphedema and my doctors told me it was treatable. Where can I go to find more info. On lymphedema?

It is treatable: Lymphedema can be treated but usually not completely cured. Long term treatment measures needed. An expert physical therapist can be very helpful. Please check with your doctor for appropriate referrals. You may check the web page of american cancer society, mayo clinic and other reputable organizations. This link can also give you additional info: http://www.Lymphnet.Org/ good luck. ...Read more

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What is lymphedema and do you treat lymphatic disorders?

What is lymphedema and do you treat lymphatic disorders?

Tissue swelling: Latin lympha "water goddess" - lymph is essentially recycled blood plasma. The lymphatic system returns the interstitial fluid to the thoracic duct and then to the bloodstream, where it is recirculated back to the tissues.Tissues with lymphedema are at risk of infection and ulcer. Yes I am certified in lymphatic therapy. We use fda approved lymphedema laser therapy for lymph drainage. ...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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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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What treatment for lymphedema that will not cost an arm?

What treatment for lymphedema that will not cost an arm?

Should be covered..: Compression and lymphatic massage are the mainstays of therapy for lymphedema. As lymphedema is a diagnosis of exclusion, make sure you see a vascular specialist and that other causes of swelling have been ruled out. Your therapy should be covered if a specialist makes the diagnosis of lymphedema. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for lymphedema?

Options: The original mainstay treatments are physical therapy and compression devices. Now there is a new surgical technique that can improve a patient's symptoms. Vascularized lymph node transfer- is a microsurgical technique that transfers nodes to an affected area. http://blog.winniepalmerhospital.com/live-surgery-watch-drs-klein-lee-and-feiner-perform-vascular-lymph-node-transfer-vlntx/. ...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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I was born with lymphedema in just my right foot. My sister and i both had surgery. Will that be permanent in getting rid of my lymphedema?

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

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