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What is lymphedema?

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David Miller
Family Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Swelling

Lymphedema is simply fluid accumulating in some part of the body quicker than the body can drain it off.
It can be due to impaired drainage or too much fluid accumulation and should be checked out with your doc.

In brief: Swelling

Lymphedema is simply fluid accumulating in some part of the body quicker than the body can drain it off.
It can be due to impaired drainage or too much fluid accumulation and should be checked out with your doc.
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Nguyen is correct, adding that lymphedema is specifically related to inadequate lymphatic drainage related to some obstructive lesions of the lymph nodes or ducts.
Dr. Cynthia Point
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Excess fluid

There are 2 circulation systems in the body, the vascular, arteries and veins, and the lymphatic.
Fluid leaks out of the veins slowly all day long, and it should be picked up by the lymph circulation, and returned to the vascular system. The immune system also uses the lymphatic circulation to move infection fighting cells. Damage causes the fluid to back up, and causes swelling.

In brief: Excess fluid

There are 2 circulation systems in the body, the vascular, arteries and veins, and the lymphatic.
Fluid leaks out of the veins slowly all day long, and it should be picked up by the lymph circulation, and returned to the vascular system. The immune system also uses the lymphatic circulation to move infection fighting cells. Damage causes the fluid to back up, and causes swelling.
Dr. Cynthia Point
Dr. Cynthia Point
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Dr. Norman Chideckel
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Lymphedema

lymph fluid build up in the extremity

In brief: Lymphedema

lymph fluid build up in the extremity
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Dr. Norman Chideckel
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology

In brief: Specific swelling

Lymphedema is swelling due to an abnormal collection of lymph fluid in the interstitial tissue.
Lymph fluid is similar to blood plasma or serum but not exactly the same. Interstitial tissue is body tissue outside of blood vessels. As drs. Miller, nguyen and point said, lymphedema occurs when the body isn't able to drain all the lymph fluid it makes bad into the blood stream.

In brief: Specific swelling

Lymphedema is swelling due to an abnormal collection of lymph fluid in the interstitial tissue.
Lymph fluid is similar to blood plasma or serum but not exactly the same. Interstitial tissue is body tissue outside of blood vessels. As drs. Miller, nguyen and point said, lymphedema occurs when the body isn't able to drain all the lymph fluid it makes bad into the blood stream.
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