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When Do You Go To Emergency Room With Lymphedema
Fluids in feet, legs and abdomen. Multiple tests for heart in emergency. Etc, they decided I have chronic lymphedema. What kind of doc should I see?
Difficult problem: Your situation is difficult to treat. A vascular surgeon maybe a good start ...Read more
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
Yes: If you have swelling that is more than usual and is not going away, then a trip to the primary physician makes sense. There are many reasons people develop swelling....Kidney problems, heart problems, lymphedema, venous insufficiency etc. It is important to have it checked out and know the cause. ...Read more
I have lymphedema and my doctors told me it was treatable. Where can I go to find more info. On lymphedema?
Lymphedema: I would investigate the topic on the Internet, as there are numerous patient focused websites dealing with this issue. ...Read more
Lymphedema: Lymphedema is a chronic medical condition that requires daily care and attention. This is no different than a multitude of other medical problems like high blood pressure and diabetes. There are specialists in lymphedema that you should seek out. For example, many physical therapists specialize in the treatment (control) of lymphedema. Treatments include compression wraps. ...Read more
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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 more
Rarely: The vast majority of cases of lymphedema have an identifiable cause, occurring after surgery, cancer, and/or radiation. We call this secondary lymphedema. A far smaller number of cases of lymphedema is primary, meaning that we can't identify the cause. Some of these cases are hereditary, and run in families, but not most, as far as we know. ...Read more
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
Yes: There are few lymphedema specialists around as dr. Clark said, but they do exist--usually at university hospital centers. Otherwise, the job gets done by phlebologists, vascular medicine specialists, vascular surgeons, and some internists. What is probably at least as important as the doctor you see is getting hooked into a lymphedema clinic and a good lymphedema therapist. ...Read more
Not quite effective: Underarmour are nice athletic garment that provide some compression. They don't 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
More info: 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
Protein and fluids: The word is derived from the name of the roman deity of fresh water, lympha. The lymph is formed when the interstitial fluid (the fluid which lies in the interstices of all body tissues) is collected through lymph capillaries. Lymph returns protein and excess interstitial fluid to the circulation. Lymph may pick up bacteria, cancer cells and bring them to lymph nodes where they are destroyed. ...Read more
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
Tissue swelling: Latin lympha "water goddess" - lymph is essentially recycled blood plasma. The lymphatic system returns the interstitial fluid to the thoracic duct and then to the bloodstream, where it is recirculated back to the tissues. Tissues with lymphedema are at risk of infection and ulcer. Yes I am certified in lymphatic therapy. We use fda approved lymphedema laser therapy for lymph drainage. ...Read more
Need details: U s pharmacopeia no such thing as vencetacil is listed. It appears in dominican republic, vince tacilla may be marketed as vencetacil is injected into for lymphedema, is not a approved treatment in usa may be the chemical could be one of betal lactamases that has enzymatic activity ...Read more
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