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I had lymphedema since I was eight. Is it safe for me to get pregnant?

I had lymphedema since I was eight. Is it safe for me to get pregnant?

Yes: The swelling in the leg will probably worsen during the pregnancy. Compression therapy will help you through this. You need to closely followed and managed by a specialist with a special interest in managing lymphedema. ...Read more

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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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How will pregnancy effect lymphedema?

How will pregnancy effect lymphedema?

Probably worsen: There isn't a lot of good information out there about lymphedema and pregnancy but what information there is seems to indicate that more than 50% of the time, lymphedema worsens with pregnancy. So all of the things that you normally do for lymphedema when not pregnant become even more important when pregnant--compression stockings, exercise, watching your weight (within reason), massage, etc. ...Read more

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How will pregnancy affect my lymphedema?

Depends: If your lymphedema is in your arm, it may not affect it at all. If it is in your legs, it may make the swelling worse. ...Read more

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I just want to know how pregnancy will effect my lymphedema?

I just want to know how pregnancy will effect my lymphedema?

Lymphedema : Where is your lymphedema ? Without knowing this i can only speculate but there is increased fluid volume in the body when you are pregnant. If you use compression garment for your arm for instance this may need to be changed to a different size to accommodate if there is an increase. ...Read more

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Is zerona liposuction safe if i've had lymphedema?

Is zerona liposuction safe if i've had lymphedema?

Safe yes. Effective?: Zerona is not liposuction, it is a combination of diet, supplements and surface laser treatment. The laser is unlikely to do anything as the wavelength does not penetrate the skin. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a breast reduction if I suffer from lymphedema in the leg?

Is it safe to have a breast reduction if I suffer from lymphedema in the leg?

Yes: Breast reduction surgery usually does not include removal of the lymph nodes in the arm pit and should not cause arm lymphedema. The leg lymphedema is a separate issue and is best treated with compression socks. ...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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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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What can I do if I have lymphedema?

What can I do if I have lymphedema?

Therapy: There is physical therapy directed to improve this and also sleeves you can wear find a lymphedem clinic in your area. www.drlugo.com. ...Read more

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How is lymphedema diagnosed in women?

Inequality: Whenever there is a swelling if it is asymmetrical then the swelling probably is lymphedema. It could be acute due to injury or surgery, ailments. If it is lasting a longer time then it is diagnosed as lymphedema (chronic typically is considered more than 6 months). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Lymphedema?

Swelling: 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 garment during daily activities ...Read more

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Can lymphedema be fatal?

Rarely: It is impossible to give a specific answer. It would depend on what other conditions coexist with the lymphedema. Severe lymphedema could coexist with cardiovascular disease, diabetes etc. In severe caeses, ulceration , infection can occur and lymphedema can become permanent. ...Read more

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How can I prevent lymphedema?

Most: Most lymphedem a is due to surgery that scars or eliminates lymphatic. Sometimes this is necessary as part of cancer surgery. Other lymphedem a can be from a parasite and it can be contracted by barefoot walking or insect bytes. ...Read more

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What exactly is primary lymphedema?

Not an identifiable: Cause. As dr. Rosen said, most lymphedema is secondary, meaning it is due to something like surgery and/or radiation. Primary lymphedema is divided into three categories: congenital lymphedema, lymphedema praecox, and lymphedema tarda. Congenital means you are born with it and a small group of these are hereditary. Praecox develops before age 35 (most have this) and tarda develops after 35. ...Read more

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Will underarmour be using for lymphedema stage 1?

Not quite effective: Underarmour are nice athletic garment that provide some compression. They dont quite provide enough compression to control even early lymphedema . They would be of some help but they would not be of sufficient compression to be completely effective. Good thinking though. ...Read more

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Can there be any cures on the horizon for lymphedema?

Too many causes: 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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What kind of specialist should I seek if I have a lymphedema problem?

What kind of specialist should I seek if I have a lymphedema problem?

Several choices: There are several medical specialties that focus on lympedema. In order of frequency: vascular medicine specialist, vein specialist also called phlebologist , vascular surgeons, dermatology, cardiology and family practice focus on lymphedema in their practices. All of these specialties diagnose and treat lymphedema, but there is no single specialty that diagnosis or treats lymphedema. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more