What is lymphedema?
Lymphedema is an accumulation of protein rich fluid caused by a disruption of the lymphatic system. Swelling can occur in the face, neck, abdomen and genitals but is most common in the arms and legs.
Lymphedema can be classified as either primary or secondary.
Primary lymphedema is a result of missing or impaired lymphatic vessels. It can be present at birth or develop later in life with no obvious cause.
Secondary lymphedema is more common and can be the result of surgery or side effects of cancer treatment. Additionally, secondary forms may occur following an injury, trauma or infection of the lymphatic system. Secondary lymphedema can develop immediately post-operatively, or weeks, months, even years after the cause.
Complete Decongestive Therapy CDT consists of:
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|It is very important that you see a doctor immediately as early diagnosis and treatment is the key!|