Lymphedema

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About

Lymphedema is a condition in which a part of the body, most often the arms or legs, is severely swollen due to an accumulation of protein and fluid in the affected area. When lymph vessels are unable to properly return lymph fluid back into circulation swelling occurs. Lymphedema can be a complication from cancer treatment or a congenital condition. If left untreated, lymphedema can lead to chronic pain, infections or limb loss.

Symptoms

Lymphedema symptoms may include:

  • Pain.
  • Swelling.
  • Aching.
  • Heaviness in the arm, trunk or leg.
  • Numbness or tingling.
  • Skin tightness.
  • Decreased range of motion.
  • Decreased limb strength.
  • Decreased functional abilities.
  • Decreased skin mobility.

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