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Lymphedema is a condition of localized fluid retention caused by a compromised lymphatic system. The lymphatic system collects and filters the interstitial fluid of the body. A subset of the phases of matter, fluids include liquids, gases, plasmas and, to some extent, plastic solids. ... In mammals including humans, the lymphatic vessels (or lymphatics) are a network of thin tubes that branch, like blood vessels, into tissues throughout the body. ... Interstitial fluid is one of the two components of extracellular fluid besides plasma. ...


Lymphedema is relatively little recognized as being a serious health problem. Doctors and medical staff who practice in fields where this disease is uncommon may fail to correctly diagnose the condition.


Lymphedema is caused by injury to the lymphatic vessels. It is most frequently seen after surgery or radiation therapy, which can cause unintended damage to the lymphatic drainage system. It is especially common after surgery and radiation therapy are used in combination to treat breast cancer. Lymphedema can also be associated with accidents or any other sort of disease or problem that can inhibit the lymph from proper function. Surgery Surgery (from the Greek cheirourgia - lit. ... Radiation therapy (or radiotherapy) is the medical use of ionizing radiation as part of cancer treatment to control malignant cells (not to be confused with radiology, the use of radiation in medical imaging and diagnosis). ... Breast cancer is cancer of breast tissue. ... Alternate meanings: Accident (fallacy), Accident (philosophy), Accident (movie), Accident, Maryland An accident is something going wrong. ...


Symptoms include severe fatigue, a heavy swollen limb or localized fluid accumulation in other body areas, deformity, discoloration of the skin overlying the lymphedema, recurrent episodes of cellulitis and many other symptoms. Each case is different. The condition also causes psychological distress. The normal daily living lifestyle can become severely limited. Fatigue is a feeling of excessive tiredness or lethargy, with a desire to rest, perhaps to sleep. ... Inflammation is the first response of the immune system to infection or irritation and may be referred to as the innate cascade. ... Model of the layers of human skin In zootomy and dermatology, skin is an organ of the integumentary system; which is composed of a layer of tissues that protect underlying muscles and organs. ...


Cancer patients sometimes find this condition develops after their therapy has concluded. Various management options are available. When normal cells are damaged or old they undergo apoptosis; cancer cells, however, avoid apoptosis. ... Therapy (in Greek: θεραπεία) or treatment is the attempted remediation of a health problem, usually following a diagnosis. ...

Lymphedema may also form as an hereditary condition. In the lower extremity it can be unilateral or bilateral. Presented here is a case of unilateral herediatary lymphedema which had been present for 25 years without treatment. For the scientific journal Heredity see Heredity (journal) Heredity (the adjective is hereditary) is the transfer of characters from parent to offspring, either through their genes or through the social institution called inheritance (for example, a title of nobility is passed from individual to individual according to relevant customs and... In humans, the lower limb is an anatomical term for the limb that is attached to the pelvic girlde, what is commonly referred to as the leg. ... Unilateralism is an antonym for multilateralism. ... Bilateralism is a term referring to trade or political relations between two states. ...


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Lymphoedema - Better Health Channel. (1082 words)
Lymphoedema is characterised by swelling of certain parts of the body, caused by problems with the lymphatic system.
Women who have undergone mastectomy and radiotherapy for treatment of breast cancer are particularly susceptible to lymphoedema of the arm and, sometimes, the adjacent chest wall on the affected side.
Primary lymphoedema may be present before birth (congenital lymphoedema) or develop during puberty (lymphoedema praecox) or middle age (lymphoedema tarda).
Lymphoedema Health Guide - Health Guides Online (2064 words)
Lymphoedema is usually considered only to occur in the arm or leg, but any organ or region may suffer from it: the genitals, the gut, the lungs, the liver as a consequence of chronic hepatitis, etc.
Lymphoedema has a number of other effects: it decreases mobility, causes embarrassment, can lead to depression, and causes a general worsening of the patient's life and health.
This lymphoedema can appear before birth (connatal lymphoedema), during puberty, which is most common for primary lymphoedemas (lymphoedema praecox), or later in life, e.g.
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