Swelling on Any Part of the Body

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About the symptom

Edema is swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in the body's tissues. Although edema can affect any part of the body, you may notice it more in the hands, arms, feet, ankles and legs.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Swelling on any part of the body

Possible causes

  • Diabetes mellitus (DM)

    A disease where blood sugar levels are abnormally high, due to problems with insulin production or resistance. There are often no symptoms until the condition has worsened, hence regular screening is important.

  • Cirrhosis of the liver

    A condition where normal liver is permanently damaged and replaced with scar issue. There are many different causes including infections, alcohol abuse and diabetes.

  • Dyslipidemia

    Abnormally high levels of lipids (fats) in the blood, including cholesterol and triglycerides, is also called dyslipidemia. Dyslipidemia can significantly increase a person's risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other serious problems due to fatty accumulation in the blood vessels, resulting in narrowing or obstruction.

  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hypertension
  • Pollakiuria
  • Cushing syndrome

Related serious diseases

  • Right heart failure

    It occurs when the right side of the heart fails to adequately pump blood to the lungs. It's also known as pulmonary heart disease or cor pulmonale. Some common risk factors include left heart failure, persistent high blood pressure, conditions that affect the arteries of the heart, diabetes, certain lung conditions, cocaine and alcohol abuse.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

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

  • Do you have facial swelling?

  • Do you have puffy eyelids?

  • Do you have swelling in your hands or arms?

  • Do you have swollen legs?

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  • Whiting E, McCready ME. Pitting and non-pitting oedema. Med J Aust. 2016 Aug 15;205(4):157-8. doi: 10.5694/mja16.00416. PMID: 27510340.


  • Courtnadge C, Madsen F, Bygum A. [Idiopathic oedema]. Ugeskr Laeger. 2017 Nov 27;179(48):V06170450. Danish. PMID: 29208198.


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Internal medicine

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