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From brain injury: This is a kind of noncardiac pulmonary edema. Its seen with a variety of acute brain injuries like head injury and large strokes especially hemorrhages. The edema is related to leaky capillaries. The exact mechanism is unknown but one theory is the brain injury causes a sudden release of stress hormones (like adrenaline) that injures the capillaries and allows them to leak fluid into the lung.
Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more
Edema: Edema can be a symptom of heart, kidney and/or liver failure, among other causes. It is also a side effect of some medications. Check out http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/edema/basics/definition/con-20033037 & http://www. Webmd. Com/heart-disease/heart-failure/edema-overview for more info.
Edema: It depends on what the edema is from and where it is. Swelling from trauma or injury can be helped by ice and wrapping with an ace-wrap. If it's your legs, then compression stockings can help. Those are just examples, but for your situation, you need to find out what's causing the edema in the first place! Best of luck.See 1 more doctor answer
Not always: In most instances when a patient says legs are swollen they are often are referring to edema, which is the accumulation of fluid in the extremities. However other things besides edema can cause swelling such as infection involving a body part, blood clots in veins (phlebitis), a bruise to the head or face, etc.See 1 more doctor answer
Elevation: Non-drug interventions for lower extremity edema are all about increasing flow of lymph fluid back to the heart. Elevating the limbs to, or above, the level of the heart will help. Also, compression with ACE wraps or compression stockings will help squeeze the fluid out of the tissue and also help stop it from accumulating. If you are having new or worsened swelling, please see your physician.
Kwashiorkor: Kwashiorkor is a disease found in severely malnourished patients. It is due to a severe lack of protein. Lack of protein which binds fluid in the blood is then free to invade gravitationally into the tissue, particularly to the lower abdomen. Think of pictures of severely malnourished children in countries with famine: they commonly have severely protruding stomachs: lack of protein.
It varies: If the edema is in the cornea, lens or retina it can severely affect the vision. Examples would be cornea edema after cataract or lasik surgery, lens edema due to osmotic shifts in aqueous fluid and glucose in a diabetic patient or retina edema following any eye surgery or in diabetic retinopathy. Hemorrhage is a minor inconvenience if it's on the outside of the eye but can affect vision inside.
SIADH and no edema: The hyponatremia of SIADH is initially mediated by ADH-induced water retention.This ensuing volume expansion activates secondary natriuretic mechanisms, resulting in sodium and water loss. The net effect is that, with chronic SIADH, sodium loss is as or more prominent than water retention, so edema does not form.
Many causes: Excluding renal problems, generalized edema can be caused by many conditions: congestive heart failure, liver failure[, although that usually spares the arms], lymphedema [lymphema may effect only one to all 4 limbs and the torso], hypothyroidism, and low protein states including protein malnutrition, and finally venous insufficiency.See 1 more doctor answer
Not usually: Best to see a doctor for evaluation.See 1 more doctor answer
Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more