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It really is expected that as many as four million american citizens be afflicted by fundamental or secondary lymphedema. in accordance with the yank melanoma Society, of the 2 million breast melanoma survivors within the united states, nearly 400,000 needs to do something about lymphedema each day. a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Lymphedema presents solutions to the commonest questions from sufferers and relatives approximately lymphedema, a painful continual swelling of the extremities, frequently linked to melanoma remedy.
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If the limb has a normal color when elevated, or propped up, and develops a deep, dark color when hanging down, this may indicate venous insufficiency. When the venous system cannot efficiently return blood from the distant areas of the body (usually the feet and lower legs), a blue or purple discoloration may persist over time and may be associated with swelling. The treatment for venous insufficiency requires the application of compression garments to the leg to help prevent venous congestion and promote better blood flow out of the limb.
Even a very small amount of swelling in the affected limb can be problematic if not adequately managed. The nature of lymphedema is to progress gradually over time when it is not appropriately cared for. If you are able to seek medical care as soon as the swelling occurs, you may be able to halt the progression of the swelling and keep it very well controlled. 26. What if the swelling is only in the chest or the abdomen? Is this still lymphedema? Lymphedema can occur in any part of the body, not just arms and legs.
Breast lymphedema, sometimes seen after breast conservation surgeries and radiation therapy, can be very problematic. Lymphedema may also occur in the chest wall, the back, and even in the armpit after treatment of breast cancer. Especially difficult are genital lymphedema and abdominal lymphedema. Lymphatics are present in all parts of the body that are covered with skin; thus, lymphedema can occur anywhere in the body. Treating lymphedema in these body regions is challenging. Not only are the contours of these body regions difficult to apply compression to, but these tissues do not have a substantial amount of muscle tissue.