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?
How is lymphedema diagnosed?
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.
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.