Lymphedema


Definition

Lymphedema is an abnormal collection of protein-rich fluid in the interstitial fluid due to a defect in the lymphatic system. Most commonly it affects the extremities, but it may involve the face, the genitals or the trunk.
     Lymphedema may be primary through lymphatic hypoplasia or secondary by the blockage or the rupture of the lymphatic vessels.
Primary lymphedema is obvious and the diagnosis is based on the characteristic of the soft swelling tissue.

Secondary lymphedema diagnosis is obvious after physical examination. Additional tests are indicated when dealing with the secondary one. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging can identify blocked lymphatic sites . The progression of the disease is quantified by measuring the limb circumference, measuring the water volume disrupts by the immersed member or by the use of skin and soft tissue.

 

 

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