" Lymphedema is a build-up of lymphatic liquid in the interstitial tissue that creates swelling, most often in the arm( s) and/or leg( s), as well as sometimes in various other parts of the body. Lymphedema can establish when lymphatic vessels are missing out on or impaired (primary), or when lymph vessels are damaged or lymph nodes eliminated (secondary).
There is lots of info on lymphedema. It is either main or second. Additional lymphedema would be created from something such as a cancer cells surgical treatment. Mine is second because my lymph nodes were eliminated from my top thigh on one leg throughout my cancer surgery. If the lymphedema is not managed it can wind up being elephantitis. Yes, it is a genuine medical problem and it is extremely significant. There are lymphedema support groups throughout the UNITED STATES. The National Lymphedema Network has plenty of information.
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