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Dr. Ted King
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Lymphedema (Definition)

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


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Should I go to a general doctor if I think I have lymphedema?

Should I go to a general doctor if I think I have lymphedema?

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

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I have lymphedema and my doctors told me it was treatable. Where can I go to find more info. On lymphedema?

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

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Which doctor should I go to for lymphedema?

Which doctor should I go to for lymphedema?

Lymphedema certified: Check with http://www. Lymphnet. Org - national lymphedema network they can guide you. There are national certified lymphedema therapist who can help you. ...Read more

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I think I have lymphedema what type of doctor do I go see?

I think I have lymphedema what type of doctor do I go see?

Several options: Lymphedema can have multiple causes and is not always easy to determine the reason for it. You should have a full evaluation by a md trained in this such as a vascular surgeon, vein specialist, internist or physiatrist. ...Read more

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How does lymphedema usually begin?

Swelling: Typically after an injury (and surgery can be considered an injury) the lymphatics can become damaged and the limb can swell. ...Read more

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Could you tell me anything about lymphedema?

Could you tell me anything about lymphedema?

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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Can there be a permanent solution to lymphedema?

Not likely: Unfortunately, lymphedema is a chronic lifelong problem that can be controlled but probably never cured. There are some new micro surgical techniques that are showing some promise but they aren't a cure either. They are simply an additional treatment tool. ...Read more

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Can you please define lymphedema and what are the potential causes?

Can you please define lymphedema and what are the potential causes?

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

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Can lymphedema be fatal?

Rarely: It is impossible to give a specific answer. It would depend on what other conditions coexist with the lymphedema. Severe lymphedema could coexist with cardiovascular disease, diabetes etc. In severe caeses, ulceration, infection can occur and lymphedema can become permanent. ...Read more

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Does MRSA cause lymphedema?

Does MRSA cause lymphedema?

Not directlt: While MRSA does not cause lymphedema, patients with lymphedema can have an exacerbation, or worsening of their swelling with any skin infection. ...Read more

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How can I prevent lymphedema?

Most: Most lymphedem a is due to surgery that scars or eliminates lymphatic. Sometimes this is necessary as part of cancer surgery. Other lymphedem a can be from a parasite and it can be contracted by barefoot walking or insect bytes. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for lymphedema?

Unfortunately, no...: ...However, many people with lymphedema will benefit greatly by the use of physical therapy. I recommend you seek out a referral to a physical therapist trained in lymphatic drainage. ...Read more

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Can you get lymphedema from burns?

Can you get lymphedema from burns?

Unlikely: Burns cause a break in the skin which leads to massive fluid losses. Unless lymphedema was present before the burn, it is unlikely to have occured due to the burn. Studies which have looked for an association have failed to find one. ...Read more

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Does lymphedema run in the family?

Does lymphedema run in the family?

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

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What exactly is primary lymphedema?

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

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Does lymphedema cause stretch marks?

Yes: Lymphedema causes swelling. If the swelling is severe or occurs suddenly, it can cause stretch marks. ...Read more

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When will there be a cure for lymphedema?

No time soon: As dr. Katz said, a cure at present is a long way off. As dr. Wright said, though, control is possible with diet, exercise, lymphatic massage, and compression. ...Read more

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Will cutting fat and salt help lymphedema?

Maybe: It might but usually this is an obstructive problem worsened by obesity, poor circulation and other issues. ...Read more

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Does eating salty foods make lymphedema worse?

Does eating salty foods make lymphedema worse?

Possibly: A high salt diet can cause water retention and may increase lymphedema but the underlying problem is inadequate movement of the legs to cause the fluid ti pool in the legs. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as a lymphedema specialist?

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

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Will underarmour be using for lymphedema stage 1?

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

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Could anybody tell me how edema/ lymphedema happens?

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

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Can you tell me what is in the liquid of lymphedema?

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

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Can there be any cures on the horizon for lymphedema?

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

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What is lymphedema and do you treat lymphatic disorders?

What is lymphedema and do you treat lymphatic disorders?

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

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Interested to know how does vencetacil treat lymphedema?

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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Are there important dietary concerns for people with lymphedema?

Are there important dietary concerns for people with lymphedema?

Not much: Not much is really in the literature. I tell my patients to limit salt to decrease fluid retention in general. Really it's the exercises and massage that will help the most. ...Read more