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Doctor insights on: Lymphedema And Stretching

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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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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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How common is lymphedema?

Surprisingly common: According to lymphnotes.Com (http://www.Lymphnotes.Com/article.Php/id/401/), in the U.S., just within the medicare age population, the number of persons afflicted with lymphedema, or at risk of developing it, exceeds 6.8 million individuals. That would include all causes of lyphedema both primary (don't know the cause) and secondary ( due to cancer, radiation, surgery, etc.). ...Read more

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Why doesn't lymphedema pit?

It can: Early lymphedema can pit, which is one of the reasons why it can be hard to diagnose in its early stages. This is especially true if there is also some component of venous insufficiency associated with the lymphedema. Later stages of lymphedema are associated with tissue fibrosis which has lost its ability to be able to pit. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for lymphedema?

Who is at risk for lymphedema?

Surgery+/-Radiation: Anything that disrupts the lymphatic microcirculation of an extremity can cause lymphedema. The most common cause is the surgical removal of lymph nodes (ln) to stage certain cancers (breast and melanoma, most commonly). Breast cancer treatment often includes radiation therapy; if the lns are included in the radiation field, the risks increase. Thankfully, rates are down due to new techniques. ...Read more

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