Lymphedema

Lymphedema is the name of a type of swelling. It happens when lymph builds up in your body's soft tissues. Lymph is a fluid that contains white blood cells that defend against germs. It can build up when the lymph ...1

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Symptoms of Lymphedema

You may notice symptoms of lymphedema at the part of your body where you had surgery or received radiation therapy. Swelling associated with lymphedema usually happens slowly, over time. It may develop during treatment or it may start years after ...2

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Complications of Lymphedema

Besides painful swelling, what are other complications of lymphedema? The swelling of lymphedema disrupts blood flow. That can keep wounds from healing. Itís important to protect the affected arm. Infection is the major problem. Also, women with cancer of ...3

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Causes of Lymphedema

The lymphatic system is a network of tubes throughout the body that drains this fluid (called lymph) from tissues and empties it back into the bloodstream. When this system is not working properly, lymphoedema can occur. ...Source: Queensland Health4 ...

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Causes List for Lymphedema

Some possible causes of Lymphedema or similar disorders may include:5

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Types of Lymphedema

Any part of the body can be affected by lymphoedema, but it tends to target the arms and legs. ...Source: Queensland Health6 ...

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Diagnosis of Lymphedema

Diagnosing lymphoedema See your GP if you experience the typical symptoms of lymphoedema, such as swelling in your arms and legs. They may refer you to a specialist lymphoedema treatment centre for further assessment. In many cases, lymphoedema can be ...7

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Treatments: Lymphedema

Treatment Options: Your doctor or nurse may advise you to take these and other steps to treat lymphedema: Wear compression garments or bandages. Wear special garments, such as sleeves, stockings, bras, compression shorts, gloves, bandages, and face or neck compression ...8

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Prevention of Lymphedema

Treatments to prevent lymphoedema Non-surgical treatments can sometimes help improve pain and tenderness, prevent or reduce lymphoedema, and improve the shape of affected limbs - although they often have little effect on the fatty tissue. Several different treatments are designed ...9

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Research for Lymphedema

Trends in Lymphedema Research: Lymphedema and Breast Cancer: Christine Miaskowski, RN, PhD, FAAN, of the University of California San Francisco is leading a study of a large group of women with breast cancer who received the same surgery and the ...10

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Names and Terminology

Synonyms: Lymphoedema ; Onset of lymphedema around puberty ...Source: GTR (NCBI/NIH)11 ...

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References

  1. Source: MedLinePlus (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ lymphedema.html
  2. Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ magazine/ issues/ fall16/ articles/ fall16pg7.html
  3. Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ magazine/ issues/ fall16/ articles/ fall16pg8.html
  4. Source: Queensland Health: conditions.health.qld.gov.au/ HealthCondition/ condition/ 7/ 51/ 90/ lymphoedema
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: Queensland Health: conditions.health.qld.gov.au/ HealthCondition/ condition/ 7/ 51/ 90/ lymphoedema
  7. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ Lymphoedema/ 
  8. Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ magazine/ issues/ fall16/ articles/ fall16pg7.html
  9. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ lipoedema/ 
  10. Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ magazine/ issues/ fall16/ articles/ fall16pg8.html
  11. Source: GTR (NCBI/NIH): ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ gtr/ conditions/ C1835229/ 

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