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My mom was diagnosed with lymphedema. How serious is this condition?

My mom was diagnosed with lymphedema. How serious is this condition?

Depends: The answer to this question depends on the cause of the lymphedema. Many forms of lymphedema are secondary to some other problem. Once the primary problem is resolved then the lymphedema is resolved. It is best to seek the opinion of a physician with special interest in lymphedema. ...Read more

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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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My dad suffers from leg lymphedema with open wounds. My mom unwrapped his bandages, found maggots. They should contact his md immediately, correct?

My dad suffers from leg lymphedema with open wounds. My mom unwrapped his bandages, found maggots. They should contact his md immediately, correct?

Yes!: Yes, you should contact the doctor. Yet, know that most infestations with maggots are not a problem, and might even be helpful by cleaning out the wound. Still, wild type maggots are not "clean" and should be removed. The real reason for contacting the doctor is because what attracted the maggots in the first place is likely an infection or wound. The doctor should check it out and treat it. ...Read more

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What condition is most likely to cause someone to have lymphedema?

What condition is most likely to cause someone to have lymphedema?

Axillary dissection : Lymphedema (le) happens after lymph nodes have been removed or disrupted. In breast cancer surgery, le happens most frequently after someone has had an axillary dissection to remove a large group of nodes from the underarm. Radiation to the underarm increases the risk of le. Le can be triggered by trauma or infection of the arm. Obesity is also a risk factor for le after having nodes removed. ...Read more

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My 27 year old daughter has a very bad case of lymphedema. What can I do to help her cope with her condition?

My 27 year old daughter has a very bad case of lymphedema. What can I do to help her cope with her condition?

See a specialist: Lymphedema nurse specialists can be unbelievably helpful in providing emotional support and counseling, education about skin care, and also in providing treatment for lymphedema with massage and wrapping techniques. Even chronic, massively swollen limbs can see dramatic results with non-invasive limb reduction techniques. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w/ lipedema and severe primary lymphedema from hips down.Took over 15 yrs to be diagnosed correctly.New or experimental studies? Treatments?

Lymphedema : Treatments are based on the exam. Also what is fluid and what is not. Options can include removal of tissue, reduction of fatty component and lymph node transfer. ...Read more

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Is there any connection between venous stasis disease and lymphedema?

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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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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Help me, 59yrf-dercum's disease, lymphedema, ans disorder, heart disease- mi x3, 10+herniated discs, autoimmunity, gastroparesis, duodenitis w nodule?

Help me, 59yrf-dercum's disease, lymphedema, ans disorder, heart disease- mi x3, 10+herniated discs, autoimmunity, gastroparesis, duodenitis w nodule?

Too many issues here: If you do have all these listed problems, you need a good internist to take care of you and guide you further. Health matters get complicated if you truly have more than one or 2 ailments and you need long term care for any such diseases that are chronic in nature. You need a good primary care doctor to guide you for the long term. ...Read more