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March is Lymphedema Awareness Month



Throughout the month, we will be sharing information regarding Lymphedema.


What is lymphedema?

Lymphedema is swelling in one or more extremities resulted from impaired flow of the lymphatic system.


Your #lymphatic system is a group of lymph vessels throughout your body. Their function is to collect the excess lymph fluid that contain waste products, lipids, and proteins from the tissue. This lymph fluid is then carried to the #lymphnodes, which filter waste and contain infection-fighting cells called lymphocytes. The excess fluid in the lymph vessels is eventually returned to the bloodstream. When the lymph vessels are blocked or unable to carry lymph fluid away from the tissues, causing swelling (lymphedema).


What does lymphedema look like?


Primary lymphedema is the result of an anatomical abnormality of the lymph vessels and is a rare, inherited condition. 1 in 6,000 people have #primary #lymphedema.


Secondary lymphedema results from an identifiable damage to or obstruction of normally-functioning lymph vessels and nodes. 1 in 1,000 people developed #secondary #lymphedema.


How is lymphedema diagnosed?


MRI scans can help define the #lymphnode structure.


Lymphoscintigraphy is a test that involves injecting a tracer dye into lymph vessels and then observing the flow of fluid using imaging technologies. It can illustrate blockages in lymph flow.


Doppler ultrasound scans are sound wave tests used to evaluate blood flow, and can help identify a blood clot in the veins (deep venous thrombosis) that may be a cause of limb swelling.


Is there a cure?

There is no cure for lymphedema. Treatments are designed to reduce the swelling. We will be sharing different treatment options throughout the month of #March.


This information was provided by MedicineNet. https://www.medicinenet.com/lymphedema/article.htm.




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