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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is lymphedema?

When the lymph system is damaged or clogged, fluid builds up in soft body tissues, causing lymphedema.

Symptoms related to lymphedema

  • Swelling of any body part

  • Swelling or water retention on one side of the body

  • Skin hardening

  • Swelling of the affected area

Questions your doctor may ask to check for lymphedema

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose lymphedema

  • Do you have any swelling in any part of your body?

  • Do you have swelling on one side of your body?

  • Do you have hardening of the skin?

  • Is the affected area swollen?

Treatment for lymphedema

There is no cure for lymphedema. The swelling and complications can be reduced with the help of medication, compression bandages/ garments, massage, exercise, surgery and other therapies.

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References

  • Bernas M, Thiadens SRJ, Smoot B, Armer JM, Stewart P, Granzow J. Lymphedema following cancer therapy: overview and options. Clin Exp Metastasis. 2018 Aug;35(5-6):547-551. doi: 10.1007/s10585-018-9899-5. Epub 2018 May 17. PMID: 29774452.

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10585-018-9899-5

  • Fish ML, Grover R, Schwarz GS. Quality-of-Life Outcomes in Surgical vs Nonsurgical Treatment of Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema: A Systematic Review. JAMA Surg. 2020 Jun 1;155(6):513-519. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2020.0230. PMID: 32347903.

    https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamasurgery/article-abstract/2764557

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