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What is Lymphedema?

 

Lymphedema occurs when lymphatics are not formed properly in utero and, as you age, swelling may develop when the lymphatics fail to work properly.

 

Secondary lymphedema, that is prominent in the USA and other developed countries, can be the result of surgical intervention, radiation or trauma to the lymphatics by an event such as a car or motorcycle accident, a difficult childbirth, or a myriad of other circumstances when the lymphatic system is damaged.

 

40 million people have venous disease in the United States that, when left untreated, can mimic and look like lymphedema especially in the legs, when the lower leg becomes discolored, reddish, and, in severe cases, tissue breakdown and ulcerations. 

 

Lymphedema is the result of a disruption in the lymphatic system, resulting in an obstructed lymphatic flow causing swelling, pain, and susceptibility to infection.  Problems may arise in the lower extremities due to surgery in the legs or abdomen.  Lymphedema is generally a lifelong disability that frequently worsens over time.