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Parasite Causes Lymphedema
Filaria: Lymphatic filariasis is caused by the worms wuchereria bancrofti, brugia malayi, and brugia timori. Subcutaneous filariasis is caused by loa loa (the eye worm), mansonella streptocerca, and onchocerca volvulus. Serous cavity filariasis is caused by the worms mansonella perstans and mansonella ozzardi, which occupy the serous cavity of the abdomen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Parasites require other living organisms for their own survival. Human parasites need substances from our bodies for survival and cannot live without contact with humans and sometimes other organisms.. They may live in the blood stream, organs. Under the skin or nails, etc. Some parasites live in our pets, in insects, on plants, etc., but none live independent of whatever ...Read more
Lymphedema: This condition is common after lymphatic dysfunction causing build up of lymphatic fluid in the space between tissues that don't drain normally into venous channels. This most commonly happens due to trauma (surgery removing nodes), scarring (Radiation) or physical blockage (pregnancy) of the lymphatics. Regular lymphatic massage is found useful in improving this condition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sometimes: Lymphedema is cause by poor circulation of lymph which is the protein filled fluid that circulates and bathes cells. Usually it is caused from injury by cancer, surgery, or infection. It can be caused by obesity or pregnancy with the weight of the belly impairing circulation. In these last two cases if or when the weight is removed, the lymphedema may resolve. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lymphedema : Potential causes are primary - hereditary/congenital this mean patients are born with a lymphatic system that can be hypoplastic or aplastic. Secondary lymphedema is caused by an obstruction or impairment of lymph nodes either because they are resected or removed by surgery, radiation, scar tissue and related to other diseases affecting the lymphatic system. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Fluid of the leg: Its a disorder of the lymph system so that the fluid doesn't empty out of the leg as quickly as it should.As a result fluid builds up in the leg causing swelling and potential skin breakdown.See a vascular specialist for formal evaluation.Most occur without an underlying cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Lymphatic blockage: I suspect you have had axillary lymph node dissection. Removal of the lymph nodes in the axilla (armpit) can sometimes result in blockage of the lymph channels and swelling of the upper extremity called lymphedema. Any other condition that can cause blockage of the lymph fluid may cause lymphedema such as radiation treatment or tumors of the lymph nodes, etc... There are treatments available. ...Read more
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