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Does a blood test detect lymphatic diseases like problems with lymphatic flow?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care

In brief: None

For now you can do a body impedance analysis to calculate water weight - but no blood test.

In brief: None

For now you can do a body impedance analysis to calculate water weight - but no blood test.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Usually mechanical

The commonest reasons for interruption of lymphatic flow are surgical, like lymph node removal for breast cancer.
When the lymph nodes are cut out of the underarm area, the lymph channels are cut with them, leaving the arm on that side vulnerable to "lymphedema." this is why women do not have blood drawn on the side where they had a mastectomy. There is no blood test for this.

In brief: Usually mechanical

The commonest reasons for interruption of lymphatic flow are surgical, like lymph node removal for breast cancer.
When the lymph nodes are cut out of the underarm area, the lymph channels are cut with them, leaving the arm on that side vulnerable to "lymphedema." this is why women do not have blood drawn on the side where they had a mastectomy. There is no blood test for this.
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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