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What is peripheral edema?

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Dr. Joshua Buckler
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Swelling

It is swelling of the tissues and is usually a sign of cardiac conditions, venous insufficiency, or can be a side effect of some medications.
Additionally, mild edema can also be very benign.

In brief: Swelling

It is swelling of the tissues and is usually a sign of cardiac conditions, venous insufficiency, or can be a side effect of some medications.
Additionally, mild edema can also be very benign.
Dr. Joshua Buckler
Dr. Joshua Buckler
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine

In brief: Swelling.

Edema is the greek word for swelling; peripheral is the greek word for circumferential.
Together, these two words connote the swelling typically seen in right heart failure, when the venous return to the heart cannot be pumped forward adequately, thus dilating the veins and spilling over into the soft tissues.

In brief: Swelling.

Edema is the greek word for swelling; peripheral is the greek word for circumferential.
Together, these two words connote the swelling typically seen in right heart failure, when the venous return to the heart cannot be pumped forward adequately, thus dilating the veins and spilling over into the soft tissues.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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