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Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Edema (Definition)

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


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Is any amount of edema normal in a non-pregnant person (trace to obvious)?

Is any amount of edema normal in a non-pregnant person (trace to obvious)?

It depends...: Hello there,

There are some instances in which just by an increased amount of sodium in diet you can retain fluid and it shows as edema.

However if there is any other medical problems associated (i.e. Hypertension). You may want to see your provider for further evaluation and advice.

Take care. ...Read more

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I have at least 1+ blood in my urine for years. I developed proteinuria. Last test trace today it was 1+ no leuks or wbcs I also have mild priorbital edema with mild flank/back pain. -stones ideas?

I have at least 1+ blood in my urine for years. I developed proteinuria. Last test trace today it was 1+ no leuks or wbcs I also have mild priorbital edema with mild flank/back pain. -stones ideas?

A kidney biopsy: People with persistent hematuria require a kidney biopsy to reveal the underlying cause. Only with tissue can we offer you a definitive diagnosis. Your new proteinuria and periorbital edema is concerning for actual kidney damage and loss of enough proteinin your blood vessels causing edema. This is never normal but it is potentially treatable. Please schedule a visit with a nephrologist. ...Read more

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What is edema?

What is edema?

Swelling: Various causes such as injury, infection, inflammatory condtions, venous insufficiency and lymphedema are common causes. ...Read more

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What is edema?

Edema: Is SWELLING due to the abnormal accumulation of salt/water in the soft tissue.

Hope this is helpful

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What is tensed edema?

Ck out cause: With your pcp! varicose veins? Too much salt, legs in one position long periods of time (air flight long durations). ...Read more

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How is edema measured?

How is edema measured?

Edema: The only accurate way to measuse edema is by using a tape measure. Swelling in the legs can be measured in this way however, facial swelling could not. Daily body weight is often used as a crude way to monitor edema that cannot be measured accurately. ...Read more

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How can I manage edema?

Elevate and move: Leg swelling is very common in pregnancy. It can be helped with several things. Elevate your legs whenever possible. Stay well hydrated. Eat healthy. Stretch your legs frequently. Wear comfortable shoes and socks. Some people like the maternity support stockings. ...Read more

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What is soft tissue edema?

What is soft tissue edema?

Anything other than: Anything other than bone is considered to be soft tissue. Usually one sees soft tissue edema or water swelling in the lower extremities especially when you press a finger into the skin, you leave an indent that goes away in a few minutes. ...Read more

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How Long Does Edema Last?

How Long Does Edema Last?

That depends: That varies depending on cause and location. Edema from chronic (long-term) issues such as obesity, heart problems, liver or kidney problems will stay unless the underlying problem is improved. Edema from an injury will gradually improve with healing. From an allergic reaction will improve after treatment or time. New facial, tongue or one-sided leg edema are concerning and warrant treatment. ...Read more

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How can stasis lead to edema?

How can stasis lead to edema?

Retained fluid: Fluid collects in the skin and surrounding soft tissues. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of edema?

What are the symptoms of edema?

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. ...Read more

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Edema need refill no insuranve?

Edema need refill no insuranve?

Healthtap Prime: You could have a consult or concierge visit with one of the physicians on HealthTap Prime. Check out the details on the website. ...Read more

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Possible example of localized edema?

Trauma, infection: Localized edema can occur at the site of trauma or infection. ...Read more

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How can I stop my edema from weeping?

Makes no sense: Edema is the build of fluids in the body or regions thereof. Are you thinking of something else? Best of luck. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is pedol edema?

Could you tell me what is pedol edema?

Foot swelling: It is swelling of the foot or feet. It does not necessarily mean a critical problem but the feet are swollen ...Read more

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What are some possible causes of edema?

Several causes: Edema is fluid in one's tissues (usually the skin) that is outside of one's blood vessels, lymph vessels, and cells. The fluid is "in between" cells and leaked out of the person's blood vessels or lymph vessels. Poor circulation, obstructed veins, standing or sitting too long, thyroid disease, kidney disease, low protein levels, etc., can cause edema (most often noticeable in the legs). ...Read more

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Can you tell me how stasis lead to edema?

Can you tell me how stasis lead to edema?

Gravity: Any time your body remains in one position with little or no movement and muscle contractions the lymph stays relatively stagnant. This leads to edema or swelling of the dependent area gravity also takes its toll.
So if you sit all day in on position IE plane ride yur feet and legs may swell ...Read more

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What is the exact cause of re feeding edema?

What is the exact cause of re feeding edema?

Heart failure: Refeeding syndrome is complex process loosely defined as severe electrolyte disturbances and fluid shifts after providing nutrition to a previously starving person. The condition can be lethal.

It is thought that rapid shifts in electrolytes and fluids can cause acute heart failure which results in edema. ...Read more

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Can you tell me when to worry about mild edema?

Can you tell me when to worry about mild edema?

Leg edema cause: Your edema is worrisome when it is progressive and you have more swollen ankles and lower legs. You can tell how much weight you are gaining by weighing yourself at the same time in the morning with your bed clothes on. If you continue to gain weight daily, you need to see if you have renal or cardiac disease, among other causes. Not all of those are treated the same, so see a physician. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: edema?

A collection of: 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 retention. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of edema before you see it?

Use the scale: If you have weight gain that is unexplained, that might represent early fluid retention that can eventually be seen as edema. ...Read more

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How venous obstruction can cause localised edema?

How venous obstruction can cause localised edema?

Venous stasis: Veins can cause local edema as a result of poor blood flow. Veins permit the return of blood to the heart to be pumped out again oxygen rich. When a vein becomes obstructed, blood backs up into the tissues and can cause swelling/ edema to occur. ...Read more

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Pitted edema from working out, should I be concerned?

Pitted edema from working out, should I be concerned?

Yes: Pitting edema is not normal, many etiology. So go to see you dr gor check up with blood test. ...Read more

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Can you get severe edema from wheelchair confinement?

Can you get severe edema from wheelchair confinement?

Edema: Yes, your lower extremity venous return can be blocked, inmobilization can cause loss of muscle mass and also incomptence of valves in veins of lower extremities. ...Read more

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Help please! I don't know when to worry about mild edema?

Help please! I don't know when to worry about mild edema?

You have to get: Checked out on this. A bit of edema mostly is just some trouble of blood getting back up from the feet (varicose veins, obesity, tight clothes, etc.).
BUT problems with the liver, kidney, lungs and/or heart can also cause it. ...Read more

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What is brawney edema exactly, and what do I do while waiting for an appt?

What is brawney edema exactly, and what do I do while waiting for an appt?

Descriptive term: The term brawny edema is used to describe skin that is thickened, brownish red, and bumpy. This is usually a complication of long standing water retention and damage to the veins in the lower leg. Try support hose and keep your legs elevated when possible. ...Read more

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How much time does it take for edema to subside when during refeeding of malnurishment.

How much time does it take for edema to subside when during refeeding of malnurishment.

Depends: It depends how malnourished the patient is. If it is severe, with much loss of protein, it is thought best to start with nourishment with simple sugars or carbohydrates and as the patient slowly responds to the nutritional care, protein can be added slowly to the diet. If a patient is very severely malnourished, it is very unwise to over-supplement them with all that they have lost, it takes time. ...Read more

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What is the difference between dependent and independent edema? Specifically, what is independent edema?

What is the difference between dependent and independent edema? Specifically, what is independent edema?

Gravity: Dependent edema refers to swelling that is aggravated by gravity. Example if you twist your ankle and don't elevate it the swelling/edema will be worse than if you do keep it elevated. Independent edema is present whether elevation is employed or not. And may imply venous or lymphatic blockage that may be serious. ...Read more

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What effects does long-term, untreated edema have on your body? I've had some edema for years but it suddenly became worse recently...

What effects does long-term, untreated edema have on your body? I've had some edema for years but it suddenly became worse recently...

Signs and symptoms: Edema is a physical sign of fluid accumulation in soft tissues. Where it occurs and to what degree will depend upon the underlying cause. It may be congestive heart failure, venous insufficiency, renal failure or a dozen or more other diagnoses. Without knowing what you have recommend seeing a doctor and having this looked into. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's heat edema?

What's heat edema?

Heat injury: One of many signs of heat injury can be swelling in tissues.
Often means one has been overheated to such a degree that the kidneys are overwhelmed and are unable to maintain a good salt balance. Avoid heat injury! ...Read more

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Are edema and swelling synonymous?

Are edema and swelling synonymous?

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. ...Read more

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Why is there an edema in kwashiorkor but not in merasmus?

Why is there an edema in kwashiorkor but not in merasmus?

Protein vs calories: In Kwash, there is significant deficiency in protein intake which in turn leads to drop in the oncotic pressure inside the blood vessels, causing leakage of fluids to the third spaces hence the edema. In merasmus, there is calorie deficit in general but still enough protein intake to maintain normal oncotic pressure. ...Read more

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What causes leg edema?

What causes leg edema?

Fluid retention: There are many causes of this fluid retention some very serious such as kidney failure, heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver and portal vein blockage in the liver. Less serious causes include varicose veins, and excessive salt in the diet. Infrequent causes can be blockage of the veins in the abdomen. Single leg edema can indicate a dangerous clot in the leg. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What is corneal edema?

Swelling: Corneal edema implies swelling of the cornea. There are myriad of reasons for corneal edema, some more serious than others. Treatment to preserve corneal function is important. An ophthalmologist is an expert to evaluate and treat such conditions. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for edema?

What is the treatment for edema?

Treat the cause: Edema is swelling of the skin that can be caused by many things. Usually we treat the cause but sometimes we give water pills to decrease it, such as in heart failure. ...Read more

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What are the symtoms of bylateral pedal edema of +2?

What are the symtoms of bylateral pedal edema of +2?

2 + Edema: Patients with significant edema (e) have more in the afternoon if they are walking around. This causes them to get up after they go to bed to urinate and is caused by the e fluid going back into the circulation and excreted by the kidneys. Other symptoms are shoes that get tighter in the afternoon as the e fluid settles in the feet. See a doctor to find out why you have it and how you can treat it. ...Read more

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How to treat edema at home?

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. ...Read more

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Swelling (Definition)

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