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Health Issues

Lymphedema Overview and Facts

Lymphedema means swelling of the lymph passages. Lymphedema, also called Lymphatic Obstruction, is a chronic disease involving blockage of the lymph nodes.  Lymph nodes vessels drain fluid from tissues throughout the body and allow immune cells to travel where they are needed. When blockage occurs, it prevents lymph fluid from draining well and that fluid buildup leads to swelling.

Lymphedema is characterized by persistent and often chronic swelling, usually of a person’s arm or leg. Sometimes, both can swell.

Lymphedema is a chronic disease that usually requires lifelong management. In some cases, lymphedema improves with time. However, some swelling is usually permanent. There are steps that can be taken to prevent or relieve and reduce symptoms of lymphedema.