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Lymphedema: An overview

When the lymphatic system is disturbed it can no longer take up sufficient lymph fluid. The fluid accumulates in the tissues. The result: a visible and palpable swelling. Doctors call this lymphedema.

• Disturbances of the lymphatic system can be primary (congenital, praecox or tarda) or secondary (operations such as due to cancer, radio therapy, infections, or injury).

• Lymphedema can occur locally or over the whole body (generalized lymphedema).

• Lymphedema is a chronic disorder.